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Ministry of Agriculture Allotment & Garden Guide


Dig for Victory Allotment and Garden Guide November 1945 page 2

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    Cleaning up

   Now is the time of the year for a little bit of "garden hygiene." A bit high falutin' that term? Well, it simply means keeping the garden clean. Cleanliness, we are told, is next to godliness, and that applies to gardens and allotments as well as to persons. An unclean body—inside or outside—is asking for trouble of some sort, and an unclean vegetable plot means harbouring pests and encouraging disease. Pests and diseases have to winter somewhere, and if they don't find their quarters in cracks in the wall or the fence or on trees or shrubs, they may take them up on those beansticks that ought to have been put away for another season, or in the rubbish pile, or among those decaying brassica leaves.

  So let's have a good clean up and make things tidy, putting all suitable waste on the compost heap and burning all the rest. Don't forget that the ash contains potash and should be stored away in some dry place for future use.
   And when you can, stir up the oil by hoeing between the plants still on the plot, for later on this will not be feasible and it is important that you should let the air and what sun there is get into the soil to make it warm and in better condition for the roots. Weeds may have to be kept down by hand weeding; they must not be allowed to compete with your food plants.

cleaning up the garden and making compost

    That early DIGGING  
       Does early digging pay? Well, many of us allotment holders and gardeners were pretty late in starting our gardening offensive this year and have been trying to catch up ever since. Perhaps because of a late start we sowed our onions too late and have regretted it. If we get a wet sticky winter—or our land is frost or snowbound for many weeks, we may well regret later on that we didn't make a start with our digging in the late autumn when we had a chance to get out on the plot.   Of course, on really well-cropped gardens and allotments there won't be much bare ground we can dig at this time of year. But we can tackle the bare spaces from which we have taken our potatoes, runner beans, carrots and turnips.
   To the "digger" with a clay or very heavy soil, early digging is a necessity. On sandy or very light soil it is less important. Turning up the heavy stuff and leaving it rough gives Nature the chance to do her work; frost, wind and rain work on the heavy lumps, making them loose and friable—easily crumbled—and so much easier to work when sowing and plating come spring.
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