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Ministry of Agriculture Allotment & Garden Guide

Allotment and Garden Guide May 1945 page 1

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      VOL. 1 No. 5

MAY - 1945


May 1945

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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



"Button to chin till May be in,
Cast not a clout till May be out"Jack Frost


   And then some people say "Marry in May, repent alway". Perhaps if we do marry in May we may find the maid末like the month末fickle and fitful; sometimes sunny, sometimes stormy末and sometimes more than a bit frosty! That is the trouble with May, those killing frosts that do so much damage to our fruit blossom and young potato plants, and catch the unwise and unwary who put out their tomato plants too early and without protection. The end of May is quite soon enough for tomato planting. Too often we gardeners cling to tradition and get too far ahead with our sowing and planting, regardless of how our weather varies and how treacherous it can be.

     However, May should be a busy month with all of us末so here's hoping you will be "as full of spirit as the month of May". And watch out for those frosts!
   May is a month for many jobs on the vegetable plot and it's not easy to keep pace with them all. Let's just list them now and deal with them in turn. Here they are:末
   Thinning seedlings; earthing up potatoes; mulching peas and beans; top dressing certain crops; sowing winter greens in the seedbed and planting out Brussels; making successional sowings of earlier crops; sowing runners and marrows; planting out tomatoes; attending to the compost heap and keeping an eye open for pests.

   Now let's say a bit about each of them.

    Thin SEEDLINGS  
    Always try to seize the opportunity, if the ground's fairly moist and the weather cool with a promise of warm showers to come, to thin any crops that need it末lettuce, spinach, parsnips and, later on, spring-sown onions. If these crops need thinning when the soil is too dry and the weather seems set fair, water them thoroughly before thinning and again as soon as you have finished.  

 This will prevent too great a disturbance of the seedlings remaining while their neighbours were being pulled out. Generally thin seedlings twice: first leaving twice as many plants as you will need; at the second thinning remove every other plant. Always pull out the weakest seedlings, leaving the strongest to grow on. Hoe between the rows, removing any seedling weeds at thinning time, and leaving the plot tidy.