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Ministry of Agriculture Allotment & Garden Guide

Ministry of Agriculture Allotment and Garden Guide September 1945 page 3

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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



Harvesting HARICOTS (beans)

       When the pods begin to turn brown, pull up the plants, tie them in bundles by the roots and hang them in a dry, open shed to ripen thoroughly.   When quite dry, shell out the seeds and store them in boxes in a cold, frost-proof shed.  
Storing ONIONS
   Last month's Guide* dealt with ripening-off the onions. They must be thoroughly dry before storing. Onions keep best when the air can get at them freely, and the easiest way to make sure of this is to hang them up on ropes. This is a job you can do later on, when you can find the time. First remove all the roots loose skin and most of the tops. Then hang up a rope about 3 ft. long, with a knot at the end, and tie a single good-sized onion to the end of it to serve as a base. For the rest of the rope, tie on four onions at a time. It is best to grade your onions : large onions on one rope and small onions on another.   Arrange them round the rope and hold them with one hand, while with the other you tie the tops to the rope by running the string round twice and finishing with a knot. Cut off the unwanted tops as you go along, but there's no need to cut the binding string. And so on up the rope, each bunch fitting snugly on top of the bunch beneath.
   Some varieties of onions will not keep for long, for instance, Giant Rocca, Excelsior and Prizetaker—these should be used first. Ailsa Craig, Up-to-Date, Bedfordshire Champion and Southport Yellow Globe will last until Christmas, while varieties such as James's Long Keeping, Giant Zittau, Nuneham Park and Ebenezer will last until late winter and spring.

How to make an onion rope to store onions