January 1945 Allotment & Garden Guide

Monthly Growing Guide January 1945

The original January 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 January 1945 Growing Guide covered these main points:

  1. Get ready for outdoor work
  2. What is good tilth? Organic manures
  3. Three essential plant foods, Manure in rotation, About ‘artificials’ (fertiliser)
  4. National Growmore fertiliser & The importance of lime
  5. Reminders; seed catalogue & seed potatoes
  6. Vegetable seeds
  7. Look after your tools, look at your stored crops, Look to your fruit trees and bushes
  8. Spraying, manuring fruit trees, some helpful leaflets
Get ready for OUTDOOR WORK

Get ready for OUTDOOR WORK

An introduction to the new series of monthly gardening guides starting in January 1945. Getting ready for the outdoor work to come.
Good Tilth & Organic Manures

Good Tilth & Organic Manures

This page from the January 1945 monthly growing advice explains what makes a good soil for growing and the benefits of organic manures and compost
Plant Requirements & Artificial Fertilisers

Plant Requirements & Artificial Fertilisers

This page from the January Wartime growing guide explains the main plant nutrients and their benefits along with an explanation of artificial fertilisers
National Growmore & Lime

National Growmore & Lime

This page from the growing guide offers a fertilisation plan for the vegetable plot using National Growmore fertiliser and the importance of lime and liming
Reminders & Seed Potatoes

Reminders & Seed Potatoes

This page from the monthly growing guide lists the recommended varieties of potatoes to grow. A surprising number of them are still available today.
How Many Vegetable Seeds do you Need?

How Many Vegetable Seeds do you Need?

This page from the Growing Guide goes through the various vegetable seeds required for the year and how many will be needed.
Tools, Stored Crops, Fruit Trees & Bushes

Tools, Stored Crops, Fruit Trees & Bushes

On this page the guide covers looking after tools, checking on stored crops and pruning fruit trees and bushes to improve crop yield and quality
Spraying & Feeding Fruit Trees

Spraying & Feeding Fruit Trees

The last page of the official growing guide for January 1945 covers winter spraying and feeding, manuring fruit trees along and other official leaflets