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Ministry of Agriculture Allotment & Garden Guide


Allotment and Garden Guide Februrary 1945 page 6

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    (Plant SHALLOTS cont'd)    
         Plant in rows 1 ft. apart and 6 in. or 9 in. between the bulbs, leaving the top of each bulb just showing above soil level. Crops are usually mature by early July and should be taken up, carefully dried and stored.
     Save, for replanting, sufficient medium-sized bulbs from strong,
  healthy plants (mark them with a stick during the growing season). Avoid using bulbs from plants that have made but poor growth and may show yellow and green mottled leaves which suggest virus disease.

Diagram for planting shallots

Plant Jerusalem Artichokes
         While the Ministry's plan does not suggest artichokes, your family may like them. And if you keep poultry or rabbits they will like them, too. Another good point is that you can grow artichokes in any odd corner, and they can be useful to screen a shed or the manure or compost heap. Though they can put up with rougher conditions than most vegetables, they will repay for good cultivation.
     You can plant artichoke tubers in February or March in drills 6 in. deep. Set the tubers 12 in. to 15 in. apart, leaving 2 ft. 6 in. between rows. When the plants appear, hoe between them and draw the soil towards them. You cut the tall stalks down in early winter, leaving the tubers in the ground and    


  lifting as you need them. Keep a number of tubers for replanting to provide a supply for the following year. Though artichokes are perennial and can be left in the ground several years, it is well to lift and replant a section every year so that the land doesn't get weedy or overcrowded.

planting Jerusalem Artichokes

    Do you grow RHUBARB?  
         If you do, February or March, when growth is starting, is the time to divide old roots, using a sharp spade or knife, and cutting so that each piece contains at least one or two good buds. Rhubarb likes deeply-dug and well-manured   ground (use compost if you cannot get manure), for the plants usually have to stay put for several years.

     Plant in a sunny spot about 2 ft. apart, and do not pull any of the stalks from plants divided this year.