Monday, 25 December 2017

January 1st Week

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

1) Prepare Your Cropping Plan. - Without delay, draw up a cropping plan for your coming season taking into consideration crop rotations. Keeping a record of what you've previously grown along with your trials and tribulations assists in planning without relying on memory alone.

2) Order Seeds and Seed Potatoes. - Once you have drawn up your cropping plan order your seeds. Seed potatoes should be ordered so that you may commence chitting them.

3) Dig When Possible. - The previous two tasks can be done when the weather is bad. If the soil is dry then on good days dig. Dig little and often as the ground is cleared from crops such as celery, parsnips and leeks. Turn the soil over adding manure. Get the land prepared.

4) Force Rhubarb Indoors. - lift the roots and place the roots in soil under the greenhouse bench. Pack well with soil, keep moist and in the dark.

5) Sow Onions and Lettuce in Greenhouse. - Onions & lettuce can be sown now in trays in heat. Recommends using large variety onions such as Ailsa Craig.

6) Finish Pruning Fruit and Spray. - complete pruning fruit and get ready for spraying. Service your sprayer and check that you have enough materials for your requirements. Winter spray fruit trees.

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Thursday, 14 December 2017

December 5th Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 8 tasks this week :
1) Clean Up and Dig. - Due to it being the last week of the year it's described as the good time to complete cleaning paths. Finish digging and trenching so that the rough soil has 3 months to weather after which the rough lumps will fall and a fine tilth can be easily produced. It also says apply quicklime to the soil.
2) Order Seeds. - Advises to draw up plans before the year's out and send for your seeds. Suggests trialling a new variety or two. If it's your first year to buy from trusted seedsmen.
3) Prepare Greenhouse. - for seed-sowing and increase slowly the amount of work. Wash it down if not already done. Tidy up seed trays and pots. Get compost and fertilizers ready. If using soil then sterilize first.
4) Anticipate Frost. - It's likely we'll suffer from prolonged periods of frost. Crops such as parsnip, celery and leeks will be hard to harvest so while possible lift a good quantity and heel them together in the bed of a cold frame. Parsnips can be stored in sand. There's a mention of using outdoor clamps to store root crops in but after seeing the devastation done by rodents overwinter on the allotment I personally won't be using a clamp. Check onions you have in store and use those that begin to produce green shoots first before they become soft.
5) Prune, and Prepare for Spraying Fruit. - complete pruning fruit and get ready for spraying. Service your sprayer and check that you have enough materials for your requirements. Use a coarse nozzle for winter spraying.
6) Plant Cauliflowers; Sow Beans. - Plant out cauliflower in a cold greenhouse between larger lettuce. Sow broad beans in seed trays for planting out later.
7) Make Hot-Bed. - for growing salads, young carrots, etc. Make a compost heap too.
8) Put Strawberries in Greenhouse. - Room permitting, you can now put strawberries in pots in a cold greenhouse.

December 4th Week



According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 6 tasks this week :
1) Christmas Jobs. - Rest if you can and only work weather permitting.
2) Lift Celery. - Lift each plant as required. Protect in hard weather with a cover of bracken or straw.
3) Erect Wind Breaks. - Protect spring cabbage against cold winds.
4) Complete Fruit Planting. - If not completed this week hold off until March.
5) Fruit Trees and Whitewash. - The bottom 3 - 4 feet can be whitewashed but this is unnecessary if using sprays and winter washes.
6) Keep Supplies Going. - Mustard, cress, radish. Force seakale & chicory. Protect corn salad. Lift another root of Rhubarb for inside forcing.

December 3rd Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 7 tasks this week :
1) Collect Leaves. -
2) Attend to Broad Beans ans Peas. -
3) Clean Paths. -
4) Cut Perpetual Spinach. -
5) Look for Big Bud on Blackcurrants. -
6) Look to Frames. -
7) Order Seeds Now ; Overhaul Spraying Apparatus.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

December 2nd Week

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

1) Draw Up Plans. -
2) Keep Digging. -
3) Gather Greens. -
4) Preserve Labels. -
5) Grow Mint and Chives Indoors. -
6) Look to Spring Cabbage. -
7) Remove Fruit-Tree Suckers. -
8) Plant Cob-Nuts and Fruit Trees. -
9) Sow Tomatoes. - Apparently tomatoes may be sown for spring crop in the greenhouse.  

December 1st Week

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

1) Maintain Successions of Rhubarb and Chicory. -
2) Prepare for Bad Weather. -
3) Clear Cucumber. -
4) Review Your Gardening Year. -
5) Make Use of Frosty Days. -
6) Finish Pruning. -
7) Dig. -

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