With

Stephanie Sum­merell of Change4 Chal­font

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - GREEN SPACES -

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

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