Sunday, 19 November 2017

November 4th Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 9 tasks this week :

1) Lift and Store Swede Turnips. -
2) Clear Artichokes. -
3) Examine Clamps. -
4) Examine Onions and Shallots.-
5) Clear Mushrooms. -
6) Pick Kale. -
7) Examine Grease Bands. -
8) Raise Carrots. -
9) Complete Summer Compost Heap and Begin New One, -

Thursday, 16 November 2017

November 3rd Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 7 tasks this week :

1) Treat Sour Soil. -
2) Collect Pea-Stakes. -
3) Lift Horse-Radish. -
4) Clear Herb Beds. -
5) Use Cauliflower and Broccoli. -
6) Prune Fruit Trees. -
7) Clean Up. -

November 2nd Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 8 tasks this week :

1) Use and Store Artichokes. -
2) Gather Sprouts. -
3) Keep Forcing Rhubarb. -
4) Protect Broccoli. -
5) Finish Root-Pruning. -
6) Continue Branch-Pruning. -
7) Sow Seeds. -
8) Look to Stores. -

November 1st Week





According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 6 tasks this week :

1) Secure Clamps. - refers to the storage of harvested rootcrops outdoors.
2) Carry On Digging. - advises to dig the ground whilst the weather is "open". On my allotment, with the amount of rain since August, the ground is quite heavy.
3) Care of Soil in Frames. - watch out for algae, break this with a pointed stick.
4) Sow Peas. - sow round podded peas. In 1945 he advised the variety "Blue Bird"
5) Sow Broad Beans and Onions. - 
6) Fruit Tree Branches. - Prune by removing dead branches, crowded branches and if two branches cross, remove one.

October 4th Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 7 tasks this week :

1) Retard and Force Rhubarb. -
2) Nurse Parsley. -
3) Plant Fruit Trees. -
4) Manuring. -
5) Sow and Plant. -
6) Prune Fruit. -
7) Ventilate Cauliflowers in Frames; Examine Fruit in Store.

October 3rd Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 8 tasks this week :

1) Order of Using Vegetables. -
2) Prepare Potting Composts. -
3) Clean Outside Greenhouse. -
4) Make Fruit Plan. -
5) How to Destroy Red Spider. -
6) Protect Carrots. -
7) Earth-up Celery. -
8) Take Dead Leaves from Rhubarb; Plant Late Coleworts in South; Prune and Tie-in Blackberries. -

October 2nd Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 10 tasks this week :

1) Earth-up Leeks. -
2) Cut Down and Weed Asparagus. -
3) Begin Digging. -
4) Attend to Cabbage, Sprouts, Cauliflowers. -
5) Plant Lettuce in Greenhouse. -
6) Transplant Fruit. -
7) Store Apples. -
8) Grease-Banding Tips. -
9) Lift and Store Salsify and Scorzonera; Store Unused Garlic; Sort and Clean Shallots.
10) Encourage Fruit Trees.

October 1st Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 10 tasks this week :

1) Store Pea Sticks. -
2) Get Stocks of Lime and Fertilizer. -
3) Lift Root Crops. -
4) Earth-up Winter Greens and Celery. -
5) Protect Endive. -
6) Good-bye to Tomatoes. -
7) Clean Out Greenhouse. -
8) Look to Raspberries and Strawberries. -
9) Store Fruit. -
10) Cut Parsley for Drying; Do Not Delay Grease-Banding Fruit Trees.

September 5th Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 13 tasks this week :

1) Lift and Store Chicory and Celeriac. -
2) Prepare Pea-Seed; Harvest Haricots. -
3) Begin the Big Clean Up. -
4) Bring in Tomatoes. -
5) Maintain Salads. -
6) Lift Radish; Feed Broccoli. -
7) Finish Outdoor Peas. -
8) Harvest Swedes. -
9)  Prepare Leeks for Seed. -
10) Harvest Fruit; Hoe. -
11) Order Fruit. -
12) Put in Cuttings. - Put in hardwood cuttings of currant and gooseberries. Cut them at lengths of 10-in. from this year's growth. All the buds are left on blackcurrants but only the top three or four are left on redcurrants and gooseberries. The lower ones that would be planted underground should be removed.

13) Prune Fruit. - Prune Morello cherries. Prune Loganberries and blackberries by cutting out the growths which have fruited this year. Tie in young shoots.

2018:

September 4th Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 10 tasks this week :

1) Harvest Home. -
2) Store Onions. -
3) Lift and Store Potatoes. -
4) Fill Blanks. -
5) Prick Cauliflowers. -
6) Gather Tomato Seed. -
7) War Against Caterpillars. -
8) Grease Bands Around Trees. -
9) Pick Fruit ; Root-Prune Trees. -
10) Put Cloches over Lettuce and Endive growing outside; Blanch Endive to keep up supply; Begin Sowing Mustard and Cress inside at Fortnightly Intervals.

2018 :

September 3rd Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 11 tasks this week :

1) Lift Potatoes. - Lift potatoes as soon as they're ready. Leave for a couple of hours on the surface to dry before storing. 

2) Build-up Compost. - As crops finish remove any remains and add them to the compost heap. Hard cabbage stems should be chopped up. Diseased potato tops and brassica stumps affected by clubroot should be burned.

3) Plant Out Cabbage. - Plant out spring cabbage. Draw triangular drills 6-in. deep and put the cabbage at the bottom 18-in. apart. After Christmas begin harvesting alternate plants to use as early greens. 

4) Lift and Store Carrots. - Lift carrots and store in dry sand.

5) Earth-up and Protect Celery. - Earth up celery a little more. Sprinkle salt between the rows to protect from slugs.

6) If Frost Comes. - Cut all marrows if frost arrives and put them in a cool airy room to store. Small immature small ones can be used up in the kitchen whilst the ripe ones will keep for some time.

7) Ripen Outdoor Tomatoes. - Now is the time to harvest all the fruit to ripen indoors in trays exposed to daylight. 

8) Work with the Hoe. - Use the hoe to keep down the weeds between winter crops.

9) Lift Onions. - Lift the onions previously bent over and leave them on the surface of the soil so that the roots are exposed to the sun. Ease out with a fork to avoid damaging the base. If there is a risk of pilfering or the weather is wet take the onions inside an airy shed to dry off. 

10) Prepare for Wall Fruit Planting. - If you plan to plant any fruit trees against walls then make up the borders now. Put grease bands around the trunks of fruit trees. 

11) Order Manure. - Now is the time to buy manure ready for a new round of digging.

September 2nd Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 9 tasks this week :

1) Sow Cauliflowers Under Cloches. - Cauliflowers can be sown very thinly in a straight drill and covered with cloches. Thin out to 9 in. apart when they come through. Leave under the cloches all winter.

2) Advance Tomatoes. - Tomatoes grown in pots outdoors should now be moved into a greenhouse to finish off. All tomato plants should have their ripe fruit picked as this hastens the colouring of others.

3) Harvest Onions. - Without delay onions should now be harvested. If wet weather sets in then lift fairly soon otherwise the bulbs might soften.

4) Lift and Store Carrots. - Lift maincrop carrots as and when ready (when the foliage turns yellow). Do this when the weather is dry. Small quantities can be kept in the shed in boxes of sand. 

5) Plant Out and Sow Lettuce. - Plant out winter lettuce in a protected border. Sow lettuce for greenhouse culture.

6) Gather Peas and Haricots for Drying. - Peas growing for seed or drying should be pulled up, the haulms tied in bundles and hung in an open shed until the pods can be dealt with. Harvest haricot beans as the pods turn brown and the leaves wither. Treat the same way as the peas. 

7) Thin Out and Blanch Endive. - Thin out the endive seedlings that were sown earlier. Those that are fully grown in the open can be blanched, this is done by covering the plant with a box or large pot. Do not begin to blanch until the plant is fully grown.

8) Prepare for Fruit Planting. - Prepare for autumn planting of fruit trees and bushes as soon as possible. The digging of the soil should take priority so that it is in a good condition for planting.

9) Thin Spinach. - Thin spinach to 8-in. apart.

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