It’s the time of year I long for a fresh crumble! Yet know the first forced Rhubarb is not far away.
The best way to force rhubarb is to do it in place, without disturbing the crown, while the plants are still dormant in late winter. The idea being to cover promising buds so that light is completely blocked and, ideally, warmth is introduced.We use our Rhubarb forcing pots for this. We then bank straw up against the pot to create a snug microclimate within. This year we are trialling a very old-fashioned historic technique of mounding fresh straw/ manure around the forcers which will provide a good source of heat. You can pack the straw directly around the buds inside the pot but slugs and snails tend to find that inviting!!