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    My rhubarb hasn't shown any signs of life yet but it's true what everyone says that it needs a bit of frost on the crown. I think Digger-07 has come up with a great idea, why don't you try forcing some by covering the crown of one plant with an old bucket with a hole cut in the bottom or something similar- lovely yummy pink forced rhubarb!
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    You don't need a hole in your bucket unless you're in pantoland.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digger-07 View Post
    Here in the famous Yorkshire Rhubarb triangle where it is used for starter - main and desert courses we know a thing or two about this great vegetable.

    Before the crowns are put in the forcing sheds they are left exposed to the frost so I don't think you have anything to worry about Mrs D. If you want an early sweet crop don't forget to force the blighters.
    Rhubarb as starter and main course???? Mr D is a rejected Yorkshireman (he hails from Hull originally) and has never mentioned about using rhubarb for starters or main course, I'm now intrigued! Do please post us all some recipies Digger!

    Quote Originally Posted by Alice View Post
    Had a look at my rhubarb (I got it from another grape ) and yes, it does have noses up. I'm not worried about it. It's perfectly hardy and I'm confident it will have no problem getting through the winter. Yours will be fine too.
    Thanks Alice! Much appreciated!

    Quote Originally Posted by SueA View Post
    My rhubarb hasn't shown any signs of life yet but it's true what everyone says that it needs a bit of frost on the crown. I think Digger-07 has come up with a great idea, why don't you try forcing some by covering the crown of one plant with an old bucket with a hole cut in the bottom or something similar- lovely yummy pink forced rhubarb!
    Just may have to try that Sue, thanks! Wots with the hole in the top, is it there for light, or ventilation or is it not entirely necessary?
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    I'll check my rhubarb at the weekend. A few weeks ago it had all but died back after the frosts we had.

    As far as mild is concerned, my sweet violet has started to flower!!!
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    Mrs D, look in the Season to taste site. Give my condolences to Mr D for his time in exile but I'm sure his missionary work will be justified in the end.
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    'There's a hole in my bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza....'- Digger-07 (hope you know the song or you'll think I'm mad!)
    I think I was told to put a hole in the bucket when I tried this years ago to provide ventilation as rhubarb forcers are usually terracotta & can breathe a bit. Don't think it makes any difference though, some people stuff straw around the crown before they cover it for extra insulation & if you use a plastic bucket you might need to put a brick or something on top to stop it blowing away.
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    I've never put a hole in anything I've used to force rhubarb - even used an upturned dustbin. Everything grows bigger in Yorkshire! Never had any ventilation problems.
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