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Forcing Rhubarb

April 24th, 2018

If you remember, I mentioned last week that I put a big black pot over my rhubarb to try to force it. I’ve never done this before, but have heard about it and read about it a few times. Yesterday evening, I lifted the pot and was amazed by what was beneath it.

This is the rhubarb that hasn’t been covered, it’s barely popping up out of the ground. In the next photo, you can see the forced rhubarb on the left and the unforced rhubarb on the right, or maybe you can’t see that rhubarb. This variety is ‘Glaskins Perpetual’ rhubarb, it can be harvested all summer long.

I’m quite amazed by the process and will definitely add it to my list of spring garden chores. Next spring, I may try covering the rhubarb in mid March. I’m really looking forward to early rhubarb this year, now I just have to look through my cookbooks and decide what to make with it.

What fun garden experiments are you doing this spring?

Forcing Spring

April 12th, 2018

I’ve always read about forcing rhubarb. I love the look of the rhubarb forcing pots they use in British gardens, I haven’t been able to find one here in the US. You need a special pot technically, but they sure are pretty. When I was out walking around the potager a few days ago, I noticed the rhubarb was starting to crown.

Since I don’t have a nice pot, I decided to use an old black container. It should work just as well. I’ll keep watching it and comparing it to the plants that aren’t covered. Will it grow faster? Be ready to harvest sooner? That’s the idea, but we shall see if it works…I’ll keep you posted.

Do you grow rhubarb? Do you love it or hate it?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.