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Ministry of Agriculture Allotment & Garden Guide

Ministry of Agriculture Allotment and Garden Guide April 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


       The Cabbage White Butterfly has a pal––the small white butterfly that is responsible for the velvety green caterpillars. This butterfly lays her eggs one at a time and not in groups like the "Cabbage White." There is only one thing to do with any sort of caterpillar: pick them off and squash them. And squash any eggs you can find as well. It is a messy business, but it is worth it.

   Another wretched pest is the cabbage aphis––the nasty greyish powder patches of insects that you may find on your plants. And then you may find holes in your young turnip leaves or in your young cabbages. They are the work of the flea beetle, which hops about so quickly that it is difficult to catch sight of. It eats the plant before it pops its head above the ground and keeps on with the foul work after the rough leaf appears.

flea beetle

     Now here are the measures you are recommended to take for dealing with the most important pests that may come your way, though it is to be hoped they won't. And remember that early action may save you a lot of bother later on. [content edited - please use non-toxic methods of pest control]






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*[ed. note] earthly pursuits urges everyone to avoid poisons and chemicals if possible and practice sustainable, organic gardening and integrated pest management.