East Midlands Food

East Midlands Food

September in the garden and the henhouse…

There’s no respite in the vegetable garden according to this month’s advice from the Tit-Bits Yearbook for 1930. Spring cabbages need to be planted out, and growth of winter parsley encouraged by cutting down a patch of parsley, giving the bed a dusting of soot and placing a frame over the bed. Marrows should be cut ‘as frost ensues’ and stored in nets in a frost-proof place, and carrots, turnips and beets also lifted and stored. Frames vacated by them can be filled with lettuces and cabbages, and by sowing radishes, spinach and more carrots. Late tomatoes should be put into their fruiting quarters in the greenhouse, and late-sown cucumbers planted there in beds. 

Time to pick your ripe fruit

Towards the end of the month, lift and store potatoes. Pick out those intended for ‘seed’ and store in a single layer in trays in a light frost-proof place. In the fruit garden, ‘continue to test fruits for ripeness and pick all that are ripe’. Orders for new fruit trees should now be drawn up and sent to the nurseryman as soon as possible to ensure delivery in November.

From the hen house, select birds to be used as breeders during Spring ‘but do not mate them yet…[They] should not be encouraged to lay until December is out, therefore being given full liberty’. Pullets should be brought into the laying-house now as ‘the confinement will tend to hurry them on and bring them into lay sooner than if they were at liberty’. If you really want the recipes for the grain and wet mash on which to feed them, let me know…

 
 

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A research project that looked at various aspects of food in the East Midlands, linking them with museum displays and objects in the region, and making the results available to as many people as possible in different formats.

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