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bodger

Rhubarb

Have a look at this, I found it fascinating. I never knew that rhubarb was being grown like this.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/0/21049152
goodlife

me being a wessey [west yorkshire lad ]  i remember when i was a lad we used to go picking for the local farmers we were paid thrupence for 2 hours work even now i grow forced rhubarb i have an old chicken hut were i lay the rhubarb to grow  
Digindeep

Yes I  have seen this form of growing on many film/program.whatever...
Many Guys I know also force grow by placing old builders buckets over the main plant, small hole or a crack in the bucket, just enough light, a little bit of warmth and Bob's your Uncle ...cheap forced rhubarb....
Lots of plotters I have known swear by this method, can even remember my old Grandad doing so...
Always worth a try......
goodlife

you are right digin deep i also use this method on any plants i do not want to dig up by the way the plants you dig up  for forcing in a shed can be split and replanted and will produce rhubarb same year also stops them getting too big word of warning when you dig up the plants some of them are huge could take two to lift them
Eschra

Yep, this is close to us, We live slap bang in middle of the Rhubarb Triangle where this is done. You can actually have visits to the forcing sheds. Can't wait for the rhurbarb festival weekend in Wakefield centre, it is great as the sellers often sell some of their awarding winning varieties to grow from the tubers, as well as tons of the sweet, freshly cut sticks  
Slipster

Its just this minute been on Good food Rick Stein visited and its in Wakefield   Its still on
Eschra

If anyone is this neck of woods Rhubarb festival is Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th February in Wakey town centre, usually loads of food stalls etc.
Mo

You can visit the forcing sheds in the Rhubarb Triangle and, by all acccounts, you can hear the rhubarb growing  

Ours is so prolific that we don't bother forcing it, we always have way too much anyway.
Captain_Dingbat

Yuck yuck yuck, it needs banning! Horrid stuff...

sapphire

Captain_Dingbat wrote:
Yuck yuck yuck, it needs banning! Horrid stuff...



I dont like eating it either but like growing it, OH loves it  
woodbutcher

as a newbie, how does one start to grow rhuhb ? from seed???

K
LadySlip

you can buy a tuber type thing from garden centre    before you know where you are it will be of triffid like proportions   ours is.....or you could persuade someone to split a piece off their existing plant  ......meant to get slipster to do ours when it had died back last year and forgot......it's starting to fruit now
Digindeep

Having never grown rhubarb from seed, can't really offer any advice, although I have seen packets of seed in the shops.

At the moment shops and G/Centres have plenty of crowns for sale, at reasonable prices. Now is the time, well early spring, to be planting the crowns out.
They will thrive in well prepared soil, dig in plenty of manure (well rotted) in a good sunny position. At the end of each season cut back dead or rotten leaves and stems to the crown, Mulch well with compost or well rotted manure, a bucket full over the crown will do nicely.

On the subject of forcing rhubarb, for most of us using the old bucket method, its wise to rest the crown for a 12 month period. So if you have two crowns, rest one and grow the second by forcing the other.

Hope that helps...happy growing
Rare one

As Digingdeep says crown from garden centre , plant roots only in the ground as it benefits from frost etc. in first season do not pick any stalks just let them die back to establish itself . OH has grown from seed and it is quite easy but will take a couple of years to get really going and reap the benefits . Get a crown first to get started then dabble with seeds especially if like us you love rhubarb. Good luck and Happy gardening.
Digindeep

Rare one wrote:
As Digingdeep says crown from garden centre , plant roots only in the ground as it benefits from frost etc. in first season do not pick any stalks just let them die back to establish itself . OH has grown from seed and it is quite easy but will take a couple of years to get really going and reap the benefits . Get a crown first to get started then dabble with seeds especially if like us you love rhubarb. Good luck and Happy gardening.


woodbutcher

thanks but getting a crown is a no no as  i am in Germany  unless some kind soul posts one, just writing about this makes me think of school rhubarb crumble pie and custard mmmmmmmmmmmmmm

bugger to make with out the 'barb though  

k

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