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Posted: 08/05/2014 at 07:47

Morning all.

Another day at work. Lacking in all motivation! Oh well - almost the weekend

Mixed up second earlies and maincrop potaotes.

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 07:46

Oh I am glad you posted this! While reading it I realised I completely forgot to note when I put my potatoes in the ground! 


Posted: 07/05/2014 at 16:38

Fairygirl - we pushed the boat out last night and slept with the window open.

Had my hot water bottle mind you!

Donate for us 1940's garden?

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 16:36

Hi Michael. I've been having a think about this - the 1940s society interests me greatly and its something I have studied for many years. So that I can best help you I need a little more information I think.

Do you know what the soil is like there? We don't want to be sending you plants if they wont thrive. Is the garden quite sheltered? Does it get plenty of light?

The 1940s is very well known for its "Dig For Victory" and families were converted to turn their gardens into allotments to get as many vegetables grown as possible. I'm assuming that you'll be focussing more on the growing vegetables than "pretty" flowers that are nutritionally useless for the people are the time if you want to be true to the 1940s or are you less worried about this and more interested in a larger variety?

So its important for me to know - how long are you doing this 1940s garden? Is it just for one year? (In which case its possibly too late to send you some surplus tomato seeds but if you're doing it for two or three or even longer years we could send you seeds like tomatoes for use next year).

Popular vegetables people were encouraged to grow in the 1940s Dig For Victory Campaign (from the top of my head - my history notes are at home)

Potatoes / Tomatoes / Kale

Cabbage / Carrots / Onions

Broad beans / runner beans / peas

Parsnips / Brussels Sprouts / Broccoli


(Not to mention the rabbits, chickens, and the communal pig they'd have had to get around meat rationing!)

I will have to wait until I get home to look at which haven't been planted yet that I could send to you (I know for instance my potatoes are already in the ground, and my tomatoes growing happily).

I have remembered that a couple turned their garden into a 1940s garden last year (they're in North Yorkshire). Their blog is here:

Perhaps it is worth you contacting them for advice on what to grow? They might even have some seeds they could send you.


Posted: 07/05/2014 at 14:33

Summer pants? Dear lord I've not stopped wearing a vest yet!

Photos of your ponds please

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 14:31

We now have four fresh water mussels in our pond. Its rather fascinating watching them open!


Posted: 07/05/2014 at 07:25

I dreamt about tidying up daffodils last night. They were tied up and terribly uniform. 

Donate for us 1940's garden?

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 07:24

What kind of seeds / plants do you want Michael?

I'm near Sheffield and always happy to help a charity if I can but there's no point my sending across some F1 type hybrid roses that'll be completely incorrect for the year / style. 


Posted: 06/05/2014 at 11:26

Panda - while uprooting the outofcontrolus alloverthebloodyplaceus on Saturday I found:

- what looks like chives

- three tulips that had been tangled under the leaf spread but still managed to flower

- something I can only describe as sharpus ouchus

- that the resident robin is a cheeky devil who will push you out the way to get to the worms you've just uprooted

- a patio slab!!

What do I grow?

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 11:20

Hope Mrs Fishy is feeling good today Mr Fish! Crohns in a right royal pain in the rump and epilepsy certainly doesn't help matters.

I keep meaning to write a proper little log of all the plants I am putting in the garden but I get distracted so easily!

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