Adam Frost’s es­sen­tials

Plant rhubarb

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The taste of rhubarb is so much bet­ter when pulled from your own gar­den and this is a great time of year to get yours in the ground, as long as the soil is work­able. It’s happy in sun or part-shade and prefers a rich, freedrain­ing soil. I have al­ways found rhubarb easy to grow, it will just keep clump­ing up and pro­vid­ing de­li­cious stalks from spring un­til the mid­dle of sum­mer. Make sure you wa­ter your rhubarb well through the first sea­son and don’t be tempted to start pulling stalks in that first sum­mer – it will need time to get it­self es­tab­lished be­fore it pro­duces good strong growth. When you do start har­vest­ing, hold the stalk at the base and pull off the whole stem. Don’t cut the stalks off as the sec­tion you leave will start to rot. Keep an eye out for snails and slugs around younger plants.

ADAM’S TOP 5 RHUBARBS:

‘Ap­ple De­light’ fruity taste, with lovely, blushed stalks ‘Cham­pagne’ forces well; I plant this one in my bor­ders ‘Stock­bridge Ar­row’ a mod­ern va­ri­ety with red stems ‘Tim­per­ley Early’ fine all-rounder; can crop in March ‘Vic­to­ria’ an old, re­li­able va­ri­ety; good May to Au­gust

Rhubarb stems taste great, while the leaves are bold enough for a bor­der

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