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Ministry of Agriculture Allotment & Garden Guide

Dig for Victory Garden Guide November 1945 page 1

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    VOL. 1 No. 11




Ministry of Agriculture
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The Allotment DVD
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! 

THE ALLOTMENT SERIES was first shown on ITV 1 West

Allotments UK and other related allotment links



a city in November

"No warmth, no cheerfulness, no helpful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member,—
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds—November!"

    NOVEMBER may not be as gloomy as Tom Hood—who sang the Song of the Shirt—has painted it; but it has never been a popular month, least of all to gardeners. For the perennial border may look bedraggled and the vegetable plot untidy and a bit sombre. We may have some promising looking beds of winter greens to reassure us that there will be no hungry gap in the early part of next year. But we shall miss the colour and interest associated with our runner beans and peas, out beet and carrots; while our fruit trees will be "bare ruin'd choirs where late the sweet birds sang." 
We shall miss the bees—our pollinating allies. We shall miss the butterflies—at least the beautifully coloured sorts.

 There is nothing to fear from them: in fact, some of them are beneficial: for instance, the Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral and Peacock thrive on stinging nettles. But we shall be glad to see the back of that beastly pest the "Cabbage White" butterfly, for this year saw the biggest invasion from the Continent since 1940, and one Lincolnshire schoolboy of eleven alone killed about 3,700 with a branch of a bush.
   Well, there's very little we can do this month about the vegetable plot, except to do a spot of tidying up; ordering our farmyard manure—if we are lucky enough to have a source of supply—and getting on with digging such bare land as there may be; and checking up on our stored crops to make sure they are keeping well. But given the right sort of weather we can do some useful work on the fruit plot.