What's in season: April

Rhubarb grows in the walled garden at Stourhead in Wiltshire © Stourhead images

Rhubarb grows in the walled garden at Stourhead in Wiltshire

Give or take a few April showers, this month should see spring starting to really take hold - inviting you to spend longer in the garden, enjoying the improving weather.

The garden is waking up and so is your rhubarb. We'll tell you how to grow it, pick it, cook it and love it!

Tasty rhubarb
Rhubarb is a wonderfully versatile crop to grow. It doesn't have to take up much room in your garden and will thrive in most conditions. To get started, simply buy a rhubarb crown from your local garden centre. A single plant will give you a regular supply of delicious fruit for many years.

Here are some facts about rhubarb that you can amaze your friends with...

  • The redder the stem, the sweeter the taste.
  • The Romans labelled people who ate rhubarb 'Barbarians'.
  • During the 17th century, rhubarb was more than double the price of opium!

Watch as our chef Clive Goudercourt shows you how to make a tasty rhubarb cheesecake traybake.

Also in season
Obviously it is difficult to live on rhubarb alone, but in addition to the end of the winter crops, newer crops are starting to make an appearance.

Spring green cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, kale are also abundant this month.

Jobs for the garden
There's a lot to be getting on with in the garden to ensure that the good food doesn't stop...This month, you should be checking beds are ready for the new season's crops and all weeds and roots have been removed. Chitting your second early potatoes.

Sowing beetroot, carrots, swiss chard, summer cauliflower, rabi, lettuce, leeks, radishes, turnips, spring onions, pickle onions, peas and spinach outside. Sowing under glass aubergines, broccoli (calabrese), chard, celery, okra, onions, peppers, squashes and pumpkins.

Plant your onions, shallots, garlic and asparagus crowns.

What's in season: May