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Ministry of Agriculture Allotment & Garden Guide

Allotment and Garden Guide March 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

Allotments UK and other related allotment links



Things to do in the
         Fruit trees benefit by a spring application of 1 oz. of sulphate of ammonia per square yard, worked into the surface soil in spring. And if you are having garden bonfires in March, don't forget to keep the wood ash in a dry place. Apples and pears need the potash the wood ash contains, so work the ask into the soil in April. Plum trees, too, benefit from a dressing of 2 oz. of sulphate of ammonia to the square yard in spring.

drawing of many spraying fruit trees

       Early in April you may have to spray your black-currants if they are troubled with "big bud". Lime sulphur is the spray for this and you can get it ready made up with full directions for use.
     Gooseberries also should be sprayed in April with lime sulphur, to ward off mildew before the flowers appear.
     Apples (except "Beauty of Bath," "Stirling Castle" and St. Cecilia" may be sprayed with lime sulphur while still in the green bud stage, that is, when the green glower buds are visible but have not begun to turn colour. This treatment will protect against "scab," but should be repeated during April when the trees are at the "pink bud" stage, that is, before the flower buds begin to open, but after they have begun to show colour.

that may help you

         If you would like more information about compost making than this "Guide" gives you, you would find this leaflet provides it––"Dig for Victory" Leaflet No. 7––"How to make a Compost Heap". As disease control in the fruit garden has been touched on, you may also like to get No. 18––"Better Fruit––Disease Control in Private Gardens".
     All these leaflets are free, and you can get them by dropping a post-card to the Ministry at Berri Court Hotel, St. Annes, Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire.
       The April "guide" will touch on some pests of the vegetable garden. One of the Ministry's bulletins, "Pests and Diseases in the Vegetable Garden" deals more fully with the subject and if you have not already got it you may like to know where it is obtainable. Ministry of Agriculture emblemIt costs 4d. (post free 5d.) and you can get it through any bookseller or direct from H.M. Stationery Office, York House, Kingsway, L'don. W.C.2

WT T.22369/8513  75M  3/45  7/4  CN&Co.Ltd.

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