At this time of year things can't grow too quickly in the garden. After a long cold winter we're desperate for something green, to show us a stem, give us a leaf. Anything, something! How maddeningly slooooooooow everything grows, what's a desperate gardener to do? We can't force the plants to grow more quickly. What would you have us do? Twist their leaves behind their backs? Give their stems an Indian burn? Not very likely is it? And yours truly is not a violent person so that kind of malarkey is not really an option.
But gentle persuasion could and should be used. The first pic shows a rhubarb plant growing on its own and so far it has produced two miserly leaves.Two!
But this one is much further along thanks to a bit of gentle persuasion in the guise of a bit of fleece that I use to protect it from the worst of the weather and it worked as you can see.
The little fleece blanket really helped my rhubarb grow more quickly but, unfortunately, still not quickly enough for this impatient gardener who's very partial to a bit of rhubarb for dessert.
Here's my third rhubarb plant and as you can see it is much further along than the other two. How on earth did I manage to do that, you ask?
Simple, I used a terracotta rhubarb forcing pot. Quite a nifty little thing and pretty too. So yes, I did use some force but of the gentle, green kind.
May the force be with you!
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