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Ministry of Agriculture Allotment & Garden Guide


Ministry of Agriculture Allottment and Garden Guide January 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




Here are some reminders of the things to do in case you have not
already done them.



         If you want a catalogue, write to your seedsman, for he is still not allowed to send you one unless you do. And order your seed potatoes and vegetable seeds in good time, not just before it is time to put them in––or you may be caught napping.


     You can work out the quantity you will need fairly easily if you remember that seed potatoes usually average 5 or 6 tubers to the pound, and that a convenient distance to plant early varieties is a foot apart ; other varieties 15 inches apart.
     Yields from allotments and gardens are usually less than from an equal area of potatoes on the farm. One important cause is unsatisfactory seed. No amount of manure or good cultivation will make up for the initial disadvantage of poor seed. It is unwise to save for seed potatoes grown in allotments or gardens.

drawing of seed potato box

drawing of sprouting potatoes

diagram of planting depth and spacing of potatoes

So get good seed carrying a "Health" certificate issued by one of the Agriculture Departments. That is your safeguard. Consult some knowledgeable local grower about this and about the varieties best suited to your district. Here are some selected varieties for your guidance :––

     Epicure, Arran Pilot, Sharpe's Express, Duke of York, May Queen, Ninety-Fold.

     Dunbar Rover, Great Scot.

     Majestic, King Edward VII, Arran Banner, Gladstone, Kerr's Pink, Redsking, Up-to-Date, Arran Victory, Arran Peak, Dunbar Standard.

As soon as you get your seed potatoes, place them in shallow boxes with the crown or rose end upwards, and keep in a cool, dry place with plenty of light, but frost-proof. Make quite sure by covering in severe weather. Sprouting potatoes makes for earliness and high yields. "Dig for Victory" Leaflet No. 12 will give you more detailed information about seed potatoes.