Get ready for “RUNNERS”
Though you will not be sowing your “runners” until, say, mid-May, now is the time to get the ground prepared for them, if it is not already. They need good cultivation and do best when grown where the soil is trenched and dressed with a good dressing of well-rotted manure or compost.
So if you have not manured the particular plot where your beans are to go, take out a trench a spit deep, work in a liberal dressing of manure or compost into the lower spit and then replace the top spit.
Remember, when ordering your seeds, that half-a-pint of runner beans will sow a row 50 ft. long.
SOME USEFUL PUBLICATIONS
The Ministry of Agriculture has published during the war a number of free leaflets and priced publications that may be helpful to you, if you have not already had them. There are still some stocks of the “Dig for Victory” leaflets which you can get free from the Ministry at Berri Court Hotel, St. Annes, Lytham St. Annes, Lancs. You can get the bulletins through any bookseller or direct from H.M. Stationery Office, York House, Kingsway, W.C.2., at the prices mentioned below. (This was in 1945! Don’t ask now)
Here are some topical leaflets:––
DIG FOR VICTORY LEAFLETS
No. 1––Cropping Plan for a 10-rod plot (300 sq. yds.).
No. 23––Cropping Plan for a 5-rod plot (150 sq. yds.).
No. 2––Onions and related crops
No. 4––Peas and Beans
No. 7––How to make a Compost Heap.
No. 12––Seed Potatoes.
No. 19––How to sow Seeds.
And here are some suggestions for priced bulletins:––
No. 1––Food from the Garden––3d. (4d.)
No. 2––Pest and Diseases in the Vegetable Garden––4d. (5d.)
No. 3––Preserves from the Garden––4d. (5d.)
No. 7––Fruit from the Garden––3d. (4d.)
The prices are net; those in brackets include postage.