1942 Allotment Pocket Companion
I have been looking into historical practices in allotments, things like the types of crops grown. I recently bought a pocket handbook from 1942 that was published by the National Allotments Society LTD which still exists today.
The book is a pocket book and literally it fits in your pocket and what i like about it is that the owner has written in it, giving a real slice of 1942. In April is written "set Peas on 21st, Californian Poppies and Cress on 30th".
Here are some other highlights from the handbook:
"Use of war allotments
War allotments can only be used for growing vegetables which? mature the same year. The growing of such crops as Rhubarb, asparagus, etc., are prohibited. Pigs, poultry and other small live-stock may now be kept on all allotments as a war-time expedient provided they are kept under proper conditions and are not prejudicial to health or a nuisance."
"Lime - Don't mix Lime and soot, or the lime will liberate ammonia from the soot, and in so doing spoil its own soil-sweetening properties. In other words, two valuable helpers will be lost."
"Lime - Don't use lime on a potato plot, or the tubers will be more liable to common scab disease. Lime helps the organism that is responsible for causing this disfiguring, crop-reducing malady."
"Don't throw black fly-infested broad beans tops on the plot, or winged flies will be hatched. They will quickly re-infest the growing plants. Burn these tops."
I have turned the handbook into a pdf which
you can view and download.