Thursday, 16 November 2017

October 1st Week

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

1) Store Pea Sticks. - Pea sticks are hard to get so clean those that you have and store in a dry corner for use next year. Sticks that are rotting should be burned.

2) Get Stocks of Lime and Fertilizer. - Calculate your lime and fertilizer requirements now. Apply lime at least once every three years at the rate of ½-pound per square yard. National Growmore fertilizer at the rate of 1 pound per 10 square yards. 

3) Lift Root Crops. - Jerusalem artichokes may be cut down to a foot above soil level. They can be lifted and stored or left in the ground until required. All other root crops growing outside should be lifted now and stored.

4) Earth-up Winter Greens and Celery. - Winter greens can now be earthed up. A little soil around each stem offers extra protection. Late cauliflowers should be cut as they mature.

5) Protect Endive. - Endives growing outside should be moved into coldframes now. Set traps to prevent slugs from attacking the endive. 

6) Good-bye to Tomatoes. -  Tomatoes should now all be harvested. Green tomatoes can be made into chutney. Put stems on the compost heap. Where grown in pots or on benches the soil should be layered with manure and left for two years. 

7) Clean Out Greenhouse. - As soon as practicable clean out the greenhouse and wash down the glass before scrubbing all the woodwork.

8) Look to Raspberries and Strawberries. - Newly planted raspberries last year should now have their new growths tied in. Strawberries can still be planted.

9) Store Fruit. - Store good fruit in wrappers. If space is limited store in boxes.

10) Cut Parsley for Drying; Do Not Delay Grease-Banding Fruit Trees.

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