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Ministry of Agriculture Allotment & Garden Guide


Dig for Victory Allotment and Garden Guide November 1945 page 5

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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


    Eking out those WINTER GREENS  
       Here are a few hints that may help to eke out your supplies of winter greens on the plot. While you still have late cabbages of your own growing, or you can still buy a fairly good selection of vegetables, leave your own kales, sprouting broccoli and savoys for as long as you can, so narrowing the gap until next season's crops begin to come in. With kale, cut the top of the plant first for consumption. The stem pushes out short shoots that should be picked off for use, and this encourages other shoots to grow and provide supplies until quite late April or even into May. The sprouting broccoli shoots are made at the point where the leaves join the stem, and as these are picked further shoots are made that keep things going for quite a long time.
   Don't be tempted to lift your leeks too soon just to make variety in your diet; leave them to grow, for they will keep quite well where they are until March or April, when you may be glad of them.
   Some war-time gardeners seem to be doubtful whether to tops of Brussels sprout plants make good eating. They do—at the right time. But it's not wise to cut them at this time of the season because they are necessary to the plant's growth and in severe weather will protect the sprouts below. March is quite early enough for Brussels tops.
     Spinach beet should be allowed to rest now so that it can gather strength for next spring's push. Clear the plants of leaves at the last picking, and "pick" the stems rather than cut them, since a broken end seems better able to resist the downward spread of rot than if you cut it.

pick spinach beet - don't cut it

   Spinach beet is pretty hardy, but a sever winter can put paid to it. So if the weather looks like being heard, give the stripped plants some protection, such as straw or bracken.

use straw or bracken to protect winter greens in the garden