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Ministry of Agriculture Allotment & Garden Guide

Allotment and Garden Guide March 1945 page 2

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March 1945

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    And March is the month when gardeners really begin to get busy putting their plans into effect and starting work to produce this wholesome abundance. Now, abundance in summer is easy, but sufficiency in winter末especially late winter and early spring末is another kettle of fish. Too many gardeners still fall down on winter production, due to lack of planning. Your local Parks Superintendent or your local allotment or horticultural society may have produced a plan that suits local conditions and makes adequate provision for winter vegetables. Or you can still get the Ministry's cropping plan, not to follow it blindly, but to use it as a guide that you can adapt to meet your family's likes and dislikes and modify in the light of your knowledge of the kinds of vegetables that can be grown satisfactorily in your neighbourhood. And it may be worth your while re-reading what was said in the February issue of this "Guide" about the importance of crop rotation.        don't sow seed when soil stoicks to boots

     Any week now, when weather and soil are right, you will want to start sowing and planting. But one word of warning: don't try to sow seed when the soil sticks to your boots. Wait for a fine spell. When it is fine and the soil is workable, you will perhaps be making successional sowings of broad beans and spinach as described in the February "Guide". You will also be sowing seeds of Brussels sprouts and leeks末both in a special seedbed; parsnips, peas, onions, lettuces, radishes and parsley末where they are to grow on. And you may also be planting autumn-sown onions.


     But before getting down to detailed advice on sowing and planting, here are a few brief reminders that may not come amiss.

Clear away those old stumps of Brussels, cabbage and so on and get the land prepared for another crop.

SEEDS You have no doubt already got the seeds of the vegetables just mentioned末also your seed potatoes, which should have been "sprouted"; but during April and May you may be sowing beet, carrots and turnips, as well as runner beans (perhaps French and Haricots too), kales, savoys, cabbages and spinach beet. Marrows must not be overlooked either, if your family likes them. Make sure you get all the seeds in time.


  FERTILISER* You have probably got a supply of a suitable fertiliser containing the three necessary plant foods末nitrogen, potash, phosphorus末 with which to dress your land before sowing and planting. If you haven't, "National Growmore Fertiliser"末a Government recommended product末 would suit your needs. 42 lb. will be enough for a 300 square yard plot. The January "Guide" described how to use it.

STICKS AND STAKES  In April you will be sticking your peas, in June your runners. If you intend to grow tomatoes, you will need stakes for them at the end of May when you plant out. Have you got your sticks and stakes or ordered them?

    * [ed. note] earthly pursuits urges everyone to avoid "artificials" (chemical fertilizers) if possible and practice sustainable, organic gardening.