Stephanie Summerell of Change4 Chalfont
THE Cinderella of the veggie plot, rhubarb is often neglected and taken for granted. It’s certainly one of the easiest and most versatile crops to grow and whilst it benefits from the smallest of attentions – just a spot of regular weeding, an annual dose of manure and division of the crown every five years will keep it in tip top condition – it will reward you with a crop even if you ignore it.
On top of that it’s one of the earliest fresh crops each year, being ready to pick from April just when there is little else to harvest in the garden.
With very little extra effort you can pick it even earlier.
Forcing rhubarb is an old tradition and produces what is considered to be the sweetest and most succulent stalks up to a month earlier than unforced crops, and so it’s a win on two counts.
It simply involves growing the plant in complete darkness, which