Rhubarb cloches

Rhubarb cloches

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Caption: Rhubarb cloches. Terra cotta cloches are used to "force" rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum). A cloche warms the soil around the plant and excludes light, encouraging the plant to grow earlier in the season with longer, more tender stalks.

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