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Rhubarb, To force your own

January is the time to start. You need to have or to buy an established crown. You can then grow it in a bucket or large pot, filled with ordinary garden soil - water it, then put the whole thing in a black dustbin bag and loosely tie the top, make a few holes for ventilation - then put it in a warm, dark place, under the stairs perhaps. After a few weeks the stems will emerge, and should be picked when they"re more pink than green. Once the crown has stopped producing, it can be planted outside.

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