home bookshop feed the hungry   earthly pursuits logo
what's new old book library safe seed pledge  
contact about books about food & recipes  
links I  II   garden tips  
search flower language blether  
  alphabetized flowers     flowers by meaning companion planting  
    click here to make a
"free" contribution to earthly pursuits




Ministry of Agriculture Allotment & Garden Guide

Allotment & Garden Guide August 1945 page 7

Click image for
facsimile of page 7

August 1945

1 / 2 / 3 / 4

5 / 6 / 7 / 8


Ministry of Agriculture
Allotment & Garden Guides Index

January 1945

February 1945

March 1945

April 1945

May 1945

June 1945

July 1945

August 1945

September 1945

October 1945

November 1945

December 1945

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


Sow SPINACH . . . the real thing


     Clever cooks, it is said, can make any vegetable into spinach. But, as with so much that cooks "make," the concoction cannot provide the health-giving benefits of the real thing. And more important, the real thing tastes better.
     For winter use, sow the prickly or rough-seeded variety thinly in drills 1 in. deep and 1 foot. apart. If possible, avoid full sun.

  Thin to 3 in., then to 6 in. apart as plants develop. The best flavoured plants are fairly big, with broad, crisp leaves about the size of a saucer—this means proper attention to thinning.

Thin spinach to 3" then to 6" apart as it grows



         Adjectives may relieve but they do not reduce the battalions. Traps do, especially if hung among the plum trees.
     The only satisfactory way of dealing with wasps where they are causing damage to fruit is to find the nests in the neighbourhood and kill the colonies by poisoning.
     There are various materials that can be used to destroy wasps in their nests. Some are dangerous in in-expert hands but ground Derris root is safe and is effective and simple to use. Put a dessert-spoonful of the powder as far into the entrance of the nest as possible, and also sprinkle a little round the entrance so that the wasps will get it on their feet and feelers when entering or leaving the nest.
       Some people use tar, creosote, or paraffin successfully. The liquid must be poured well into the nest or a soaked rag or piece of sacking pushed in by means of a stick.
     The best time for dealing with wasps' nests is at dusk when most of the workers are inside. If desired, the nests may be dug out on the following day and destroyed by burning.
     Trapping by means of jam-jars hung among the trees helps to reduce the population but is only a palliative. The jars should be half to three-quarters full of water into which a spoonful of jam has been stirred or a little stale beer added.

wasp trap - spoonful of jam in jar of water hung in tree