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Ministry of Agriculture Allotment & Garden Guide

Ministry of Agriculture Allotment and Garde Guide April 1945 page 1

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      VOL. 1 No. 4

APRIL - 1945


April 1945

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THE ALLOTMENT SERIES was first shown on ITV 1 West

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"April, April,
Laugh thy girlish laughter;
Than, the moment after,
Weep thy girlish tears."


IF April lives up to that reputation, she will please readers of this Guide, though we shall look to her to be judicious in her weeping. We shall want useful spells of sunny weather throughout this busy gardening month. But let us sound a word or two of warning. Good Friday is the traditional day for potato planting; but the wise gardener knows that it's risky to stick to traditions: he pays more attention to soil and weather conditions. And although we shall be only too anxious to get on with arrears of clearing up; digging, seed sowing and planting, we shall find that "hasten slowly" is still sound advice when soil conditions are not right.


Getting on with the job


   But once weather and soil are right, we should take time by the forelock and get on with the job––not leaving everything to the week-end, if we can help it, but seizing any opportunity of an evening––when it's fine––to put in a little time on essential work on the plot. Little and often will help us along far better than crowding a lot into the week-end that may turn out wet. But, of course, we may yet be far off from those happy, free peace-time evenings.

In Spring, though, many little jobs come along that need to be done when the time is right. A few days' delay may spoil things: thinning seedlings, for instance; a wet week-end makes the young seedlings romp away. More about thinning next month.