Our crop of the moment is rhubarb.
The other day when we were watching Gardeners' World, Monty Don removed the forcing jar from his rhubarb to reveal some weak floppy stems of rhubarb. Now I know it is sacrilege for me to say this (living within the area renowned for growing forced rhubarb) but forced rhubarb has never appealed to me.
Maybe it is the fact that I have picked and eaten fresh rhubarb from the garden from childhood but forcing rhubarb seems wrong.
Fields around us are full of poor, unsuspecting plants building up their strength before being imprisoned in darkness.
Within the confines of windowless forcing sheds they strain to find light and grow pale and weak.
|Photo from Google Earth|
Eventually the plant's strength is exhausted and they die.
I have to admit that rhubarb forcing jar are very attractive ...