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Ministry of Agriculture Allotment & Garden Guide


Garden and Allotment Guide October 1945 page 3

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The delights of having an allotment. 15 programmes as seen on ITV. Suit new and established growers. Seasonal guide, top gardening tips, fascinating food facts and insights into what's really in those sheds! 

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    STORING cont'd      
       Carrots stored indoors can best be kept in boxes. A layer of dry sand, soil or ashes should be placed over the bottom of the box or other container, then a layer of carrots completely covered with sand, and so on until the box is full.
   Clamping outside is very simple. Make a level site, preferably in the shade, and place the carrots, thick end to the outside, in th form of a ircle. Lay a few carrots in the middle and sprinkle a little sand over them to level up; then put a second layer of carrots on the top of the first, and so on.


  The circular layers get a little narrower each time until the whole heap builds up into a shapely cone. Cover the cone with a layer of 4 to 6 in. of straw. Then dig out about a foot of soil around the heap, to get sufficient to cover the clamp to a depth of 6 to 8 in. Leave ventilation holes at the top, filling them with twists of straw that show through the soil. Otherwise cover the whole clamp with soil before severe weather sets in. It may be necessary later on to add a little more soil to the outer covering, but 8 in. should provide enough protection in a reasonably mild winter.  

how to store carrots in a clamp


   Beetroots, too, must be lifted before frost seriously threatens. The leaves are twisted off—not cut—and the roots taken inside to store. This is better than trying to store them in clamps in the open. They should be buried in boxes ore barrels of sand, ashes or finely-sifted soil. Whatever material you use should not be done dry; while it should be moderately dry, the roots may shrivel if it is quite dry. The boxes of roots should be stood in a shed, cellar or store of some kind that is frostproof. A storage temperature of between 30° and 35°F. is most suitable. 


The important point to remember is that the beet must be kept free from frost. During hard frosts, if the store is not frostproof, an additional covering of old sacks, bracken, straw or something of a similar nature, should b heaped over and around the boxes. Stored in this way the roots will keep for many months.

how to twist off beet leaves