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Ministry of Agriculture Allotment & Garden Guide

Allotment and Garden Guide Mary 1945 page 8

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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

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A bit about BIRDS
       The nesting season of wild birds is in full swing in May. Soon the birds themselves will reach their peak of usefulness to man. robinRobin, wren, hedge-sparrow, song-thrush and many others will be about their business of finding food for hungry nestlings and so will be making constant inroads on garden pests. True, the song-thrush may later take small toll of your bush fruit; but, all the same, this bird is the gardener's very good friend. Of all our birds, it is the champion snail killer; if it were no more than that, it would deserve protection and encouragement. tit birdAs for robin, wren and hedge-sparrow––nobody has anything but good to say of them; in fact, there is nothing but good to say. Any or all of them may nest in gardens; if any of them nests in yours, let it nest in peace. Your interest and protection will be repaid a hundredfold.
   Then there are the great tit and the blue tit. If you have a nest box in your garden––maybe even if you haven't––you may have the great good luck to harbour a family of either species.
  The last analysis of the food of these two feathered benefactors showed two-thirds injurious insects for the great tit, no less than three-quarters for the blue! What gardener would grudge such friends as these an occasional beakful of fruit?hedge sparrow
   It's a pity to add a discordant note; but there are birds you will need to watch. The house-sparrow, it is true, feeds its young on grubs and insects and takes a good many for itself; but it can be a nuisance when green things are coming through. If you are near a wood and there are jays about, look to your peas. If there are woodpigeons, look to anything in the garden that can be eaten. But apart from these few, the birds are your friends. If you give them a square deal, they will give you something better than that, for not all your labour or insecticides will do so much to keep the garden clean. thrushAnd, remember, the birds are on the job all day long



house sparrow, pigeon and jay