February 1945 Allotment & Garden Guide

Monthly Growing Guide February 1945The original February 1945 wartime growing leaflet consisted of 8 pages which I have followed by reproducing the content onto separate pages.

Where an article runs onto two pages these have sometimes been combined into one page for readability or the trailing content moved onto the relevant page.

Where I feel it helpful, I’ve annotated the information. To make annotations obvious, they are coloured green.

The February 1945 Growing Guide covered these main points:

  1. Weather, When to Work and Planning the Plot
  2. Have you got those seeds? National Growmore Fertiliser and other reminders.
  3. An introduction to crop rotation
  4. Managing your crop rotation (2 pages combined)
  5. Sowing and planting; Broad Beans, Spinach, Shallots, Jerusalem Artichokes and Rhubarb (2 pages combined)
  6. Preparing for Runner Beans and Useful Publications
Planning the Vegetable Plot

Planning the Vegetable Plot

The February wartime monthly guide concentrates on planning the vegetable plot for the coming year, depending on the weather of course.
Seeds, Sprouting Potatoes, Growmore Fertiliser

Seeds, Sprouting Potatoes, Growmore Fertiliser

In this page of the February 1945 growing guide there are instructions on sprouting potatoes and reminders of jobs needing attention.
Introduction to Crop Rotation

Introduction to Crop Rotation

The Ministry crop rotation system of splitting the vegetable plot into thirds is still effective and has the benefit of simplicity.
Managing Crop Rotation

Managing Crop Rotation

The official monthly growing guide for February 1945 included a large section explaining crop rotation and when to lime, manure and fertilise.
Sowing & Planting Guide

Sowing & Planting Guide

This part of the guide covered sowing and planting of broad beans, shallots, spinach, rhubarb and Jerusalem artichokes. Updated spaces have been annotated.
Runner Beans & Other Dig for Victory Publications

Runner Beans & Other Dig for Victory Publications

The official growing guide for February 1945 covered preparing the ground for runner beans and some suggestions for other publications