East Midlands Food

East Midlands Food

March in the garden and the hen house…

1932 advertisement for an 'Ideal' poultry house

Here are some final pieces of advice from the 1930 Tit-Bits Yearbook to round off a year in the garden and the hen house. March is one of the busiest points in the year as it’s now time to sow all your vegetables in the open – except marrows, runner beans and ‘one or two other particularly tender subjects’ (unspecified) – so long as the weather is favourable. This is also a good time to make new asparagus beds ready for planting next month, and to plant Jerusalem artichokes, autumn-sown cauliflowers, early potatoes and shallots. New rhubarb and horseradish plantations can be made, and broccoli, lettuce, celery, leeks and onions can be sown in a cold frame. A heated greenhouse or frame is needed for globe artichokes, tomatoes, cucumbers and melons.  

In the fruit garden, cover any early blossoming fruit trees with netting or other protection against frost, but remove them as soon as frost is over. Finish off all pruning, and planting of new bushes and trees; and ‘get on with the grafting work whenever the weather is favourable’. Mulch your raspberry beds with rotted manure, and tie up and train the loganberries.

In the hen house, hatch out as many chicks as possible. The first hatched chicks should be able to leave a warm brooder for a colder one by the middle of the month. Make sure that chicks running outside have a sunny corner where they can bask in the sun, and shelter them from cold winds. There is no need to feed the chicks until they are 48 hours old – then give them a mixture of the following until they are a week old, when they can be fed a richer diet: broken wheat, 6 parts; fine kibbled maize, 4 parts; coarse oatmeal, 4 parts; linseed or hempseed, 1/2 part; canary seed, 1/2 part. Give them as much as they can clear up four times a day, scattering the food in a litter.

 
 

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