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Ministry of Agriculture Allotment & Garden Guide


Dig for Victory Allotment and Garden Guide November 1945 page 8

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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

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       Because conditions vary from district to district, even from garden to garden—manuring advice must be fairly general, and these notes deal only with what can be done at this time of year. Fruit trees and bushes, like vegetables, need fertilisers—and in the right proportions; for instance, nitrogen is needed to make shoots and leaves, though too much of it will produce rank growth but little fruit. If your apples and pears are not so vigorous as they should be, they can be encouraged by dressing the ground around the trees in winter with hoof-and-horn at the rate of 3-4 oz. per square yard. Alternatively, sulphate of ammonia, applied in early spring at the rate of 1-2 oz. per sq. yd., will prove equally effective.


     Apples and pears (not so much) need potash, especially on light soils. But that's difficult to come by and you may have to rely on wood ash from your bonfires. This should be kept in a dry place until you apply it to the ground in April. And don't forget that your gooseberries would like as much wood ash as you can give them; if there's any to spare the redcurrants and raspberries would appreciate it. Blackcurrants don't need it so much.
   Every second winter give your plums a dressing of 2-3 ozs. of bone meal.
   Don't forget at this time of year to fork lightly over the ground around fruit trees and bushes. But be careful about the raspberries: their roots are near the surface and they don't like being disturbed.




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