East Midlands Food

East Midlands Food

February in the garden and the hen house…

A last-but-one visit to the 1930 Tit-Bits Yearbook before the Mubu East Midlands Food project ends next month:

Now is the time to sow early peas, broad beans, parsnips and onions ‘as the soil and the weather permit’. On a warm border you can also sow early cabbages and cauliflowers, spinach, turnips, lettuse and radishes. Other vegetables such as leeks, celery and marrows can be advanced by sowing in boxes in a frame. Crops sown earlier need to be protected as they appear through the soil.

Towards the end of February, plant your shallots, garlic, early potatoes, autumn-sown onions and chives (the potatoes need to be on a warm border). Outdoor rhubarb and kale can be forced by placing large pots or boxes over the crowns and banking up manure around them. Dust seedlings with soot or lime as protection against birds.

You can now resume your fruit planting, but only on the ‘right sort of day…it is bad to plant on water-logged or frozen ground’. Fruit pruning should now be ‘hastened along’ so that it can be finished by the end of the month. Clear grass and weeds from around the trees, as ‘you will not get good fruit from trees which have not a clean circle of soils above their roots’.

In the hen house, incubating ‘should now commence in earnest’, as birds hatched in March (‘so far as heavy breeds are concerned’) make the best layers. Make sure the birds’ water doesn’t freeze in cold weather by refilling the containers two or three times a day. At the end of the month discontinue the artificial lighting of the laying-houses – by which time we will all be hoping for a few more hours of sunlight…

 
 

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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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