East Midlands Food

East Midlands Food

August in the garden and the hen house…

Blackcurrants from the August garden

According to the Tit-bits Yearbook in 1930, now is the time to make up your outdoor mushroom beds, to lift and store your shallots, and to cut, dry and bottle mint and parsley. Potatoes should be given their second earthing, and the tops of onions bent over in the early part of the month to help them ripen. Towards the end of the month they should then be ripe enought to lift and store. If summer cabbages are slow in ‘hearting’, give them a pinch of sulphate of ammonia, but watch out for caterpillars. They should be picked off by hand in the evening when they are feeding. Globe artichokes should be cut down once the heads have been picked. Now is also the time to sow cucumbers under glass to eat in the winter.

You also need to cover fruit trees with netting to protect the fruit from birds, and take cuttings from currant bushes as soon as the fruit has been picked, planting them in sandy soil. Early apples can be picked as soon as the stalk parts easily from the branch. Once the strawberry crop is finished, remove any disfigured leaves and hoe the bed to remove weeds.

And finally, in and around the hen house, encourage moulting among laying hens ‘for only an August moulter is likely to be laying again regularly by November’. Birds that have dropped their feathers and are forming new feathers should be given a little linseed jelly, made by boiling whole linseed for ten minutes and allowing it to cool, and then mixed into their mash. August is the time to sell any cockerels that are not required, and to keep a particular watch for red mite and fleas among all your poultry, as ’all poultry pests breed very rapidly during the hot months’.

 
 

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