We only have one crown so far - Timperley Early - it's naturally an early cropper and we encourage this along gently under a forcing pot and it has a lovely flavour - we'll be pulling our first sticks this weekend.
This way we harvest rhubarb while it's expensive in the shops and when the cheaper maincrop rhubarb is available we rest our own plant.
That's a great idea Dove. I've heard of Timperly Early and Verdun's Stockbridge Arrow. There's always room for more. It's a nice looking plant anywhere in the garden.
David, that's shocking! I had a bit of a problem with that. Down at the bottom in the darkest part of the garden where they had their green house!!? They'd buried what looked like huge curb stone, but they were covered in a purple glaze. They were about six inches thick and 18" x 24" and weighed a ton. Thankfully they smashed up without too much difficulty with a lump hammer. It was hard work but it was the only way I was going to get them out. I pounded some of it to dust while singing blue grass tunes to myself. And we've had at least three big skips filled with 2x3 1950's paving slabs they covered the garden with. We've still got about 50 under the 'patio'. Why do people do that to their garden. Obviously they just see it as a municipal tip! It will be hard work but you could get rid of it. I never thought I'd get rid of what I have.
Thanks everyone. Anyone else?