HOW TO DIG
DIG FOR VICTORY LEAFLET NUMBER 20 (NEW SERIES)
ISSUED BY THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE
- Thorough digging is essential to success in gardening.
- Don’t do too much at first. Half an hour to an hour is enough for a start.
- Use a sharp spade. And keep it clean—while using it and when you put it away.
- Always use pegs and string to mark off the ground to be dug, and to keep your work straight.
1 SIMPLE DIGGING WHERE THERE IS NO TURF
If the ground is more than 15 ft. wide, deal with one half at a time. Nick a line down the middle with a spade. Across the top of one half dig the first trench. Work down this half from top to bottom. Then work up the other half from bottom to top.
The first trench is 15 inches wide and as deep as the blade of the spade. Move the soil over to the other half ready to put in the last trench.
With a plot narrower than 15 feet, dig the trench right across the top and move the soil to the bottom end.
II. DIGGING GROUND COVERED WITH TURF
Mark out the first trench .2 ft. wide.
Skim off the turf 2 inches deep. Then take out the soil to the depth of a spade.
Move the turf and soil to the bottom, or to the far side if the plot is wide, ready to fill the last trench.
HOW TO PLAN YOUR GARDEN OR ALLOTMENT
Send for ‘ Dig for Victory’ Leaflet No. I (new series), Grow for Winter as well as Summer.
This free leaflet shows you by means of a simple coloured cropping chart how you can have vegetables all the year round if you—
DIG WELL AND CROP WISELY
Copies may be obtained from :
Ministry of Agriculture,
Photographs reproduced from ” The Vegetable Garden Displayed” by permission of the Royal Horticultural Society