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Ministry of Agriculture Allotment & Garden Guide

Ministry of Agriculture Allotment and Garden Guide July 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


    [edited for content - talks about derris dust (rotenone) which has been linked to Parkinson's disease in rats]

   It is infuriating to go out one evening and find your cabbage plants suddenly wilting one by one. On digging up one of them you will probably find white grubs feeding on the roots. They are the grubs of the cabbage root fly; once the plant is attacked the only thing to do is to dig it out and burn it. [edited]

Dig up and burn plants affected by grubs**

     The Turnip Flea Beetle may also be on the warpath, eating holes in your cabbage and turnip plants. It has caused gardeners trouble for centuries and is most troublesome during dry weather. Some old hands believe in the cold water cure, and give the plants a good soaking every night until they are about 6 in. high. [edited for content]

   And don't forget that what you do––or fail to do––this month, will determine how well or badly off your family will be for winter greens in the lean period from next February onwards (see page 6).
   Now having made up our minds to keep going at the job, let's have a look at some of the things we might do about our growing crops, before we get on to further sowings and plantings.


Crops that need water

   We shall probably need to be economical again this summer. It is difficult to lay down hard and fast rules about watering vegetables, and the gardener must use his own judgment. Newly transplanted seedlings may suffer seriously if water is withheld. But established plants may suffer if watered only at irregular intervals. Once you start watering you must carry on, so if the plants are holding their own in a dry spell, it is unwise to begin widespread watering unless you can do it regularly.
   Assuming the water supply situation is reasonably good, crops that specially benefit by watering are runner beans, celery, marrows (specially on mounds) and tomatoes.



[ed. Calomel Dust is toxic - it should not be breathed or otherwise ingested and protective clothing should be worn if you use it.- Protect yourself, your kids, your pets, wildlife and the earth and use organic methods of pest control.]