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Last Chance To Take Stock

Posted by Wartime Gardener

Now is the time to make sure of winter’s greenstuff – to make good losses caused by pests or diseases – opportunity to sit down after that back-aching weeding – just sit and think – sit and make sure – it’s your last chance.

If you have not yet sown spring cabbage, do so at once or it will soon be too late. Do not sow in that part of the seedbed where spring sowings of cabbage were made this year. The soil may contain Cabbage Root Fly or the spores of Club Root. Sow seed thinly 1 in. deep in drills made 6 in. apart ;  sow enough to plant four rows of spring cabbage on the ground which will be left free after the onions are harvested. Do not sow too many, but allow a small reserve for making good any losses after planting out in September. If possible, sow after rain; or if the soil is very dry, water the seedbed a few hours before sowing. Where space is confined, sow “Harbinger”, which is compact and hearty. Where more room is available “Early Offenham” and “Durham Early” are good varieties.

Sow late kale now where it is to mature, and thin as required during growth  — it will give you a late green crop in March and April. Sow winter radish – they can be lifted and stored. Smooth-leaved Batavian endive, sown now and treated as lettuce, will last well into the winter, if it is blanched by tying up loosely with raffia and protected by a pot or box.

The main thing is to make sure of winter greens. Sow now for the lean months. If you are following the Ministry’s Cropping Plan, make yourself completely comfortable in a deck chair – and study it. If you have any gaps or corners to spare, fill them with winter greens.

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