East Midlands Food

East Midlands Food

October in the garden and hen house…

Back to the Tit-Bits Yearbook of 1930 to see what it says about October in the garden and the hen house.  Now is the time to start the winter digging and manuring as beds become available after picking the summer crops. Cauliflowers, endive and lettuce can be planted on a warm sheltered border, and indoor mushrooms beds made up. Cut down the asparagus foliage as soon as it is well ripened and clear the beds of weeds before putting on a top dressing of good soil and well-rotted manure. French beans, radishes and mustard and cress can also be sown in pots or boxes in a heated greenhouse. Earth up celery to prevent rain getting down into the centres, and continue to plant cabbages for spring.

Time to prune the fruit bushes

In the fruit garden, leave late varieties on the trees as long as possible, and start pruning back blackcurrants, red and white currants and raspberries, in that order. Apply greasebands to fruit trees (greasy or sticky bands that go around the trunk to prevent the females of some wingless moths from climbing up the fruit trees and laying eggs – which will later hatch into caterpillars that eat the fruit and leaves). Examine fruits in storage and remove any that are showing signs of decay or disease.

In the hen house, your new pullets should have started laying by now and need feeding generously. Winter rations should be introduced to all stock gradually (grain and wet-mash) but maize and maize products should only be included on cold days. Check the fowls selected as breeders and remove ‘any birds now not looking so promising, replacing them with other and more promising fowls’. Collect leaves and bracken to use as litter for the hen houses and store in a dry place. Now is the time to begin artificial lighting in the laying-houses, leaving the lights on for an hour in the evening, then giving a half-ration of grain.

 
 

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