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Ministry of Agriculture Allotment & Garden Guide

Ministry of Agriculture Allotment and Garden Guide - June 1945 page 2

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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


    Taking Stock

   June is the gardener's sort of halfway house末a time for taking stock and finding out where we stand. So after patting ourselves on the back, let's survey our plots, and assess our progress to date and the extent to which we may be a bit backward and consider what needs to be done if we are not to be caught napping this coming winter. In the first five issues of this guide we emphasised the need for planning ahead, getting our needs in good time, getting things done in good time. But gardening on paper is too easy末and it's not so easy to put paper advice into practice when the weather or lack of spare time just puts paid to the best laid plans issued by a government department or the gardening papers.

   What we gardeners have to bear in mind always is that lean period from about February until the end of May. Anyone can grow vegetables in summer末and get gluts of them; but it is those winter vegetables that need more thought and attention.


calendar with Feb-May marked as danger

If you have been following this monthly "Guide"末with such alterations as your family's likes and dislikes have dictated末you should have little cause to worry; but if you have so far been happy-go-lucky in your choice of crops, you still have time in June to do something to put matters right. The crops you want for next winter末assuming your family likes them all末are the green crops末Brussels sprouts, sprouting broccoli, kale, savoys; the roots末parsnips, carrots, turnips and swedes; onions and leeks; dried peas and bean; potatoes.

   It is too late to do anything about potatoes, onions and parsnips, if they are not already growing on your plot. While it is too late to sow seeds of Brussels sprouts, sprouting broccoli, kale and savoys, you can order some plants of the last three from your usual nursery or shop. Kale and sprouting broccoli should be put out about mid-July, savoys later in that month or in early August. Though it is rather late to plant Brussels, there is just the chance that you may get a fair crop if put in the plants at once.