Posted: 06/10/2016 at 21:16
Yes SV and the Chemicals have a history too, Dad knew about Bordeaux Mixture for blight, scab on apples and molds or rusts, he mixed his own and the recipe is still in my head as Copper Sulfate slaked lime and water. Once mixed it went into a big brass hand held pump and was pressurised then squirted on the offending plants. That was not often as he knew the dangers of Copper Sulfate, mainly we used soapy water in the pressure spray or a hose nipping the end to give a jet, it washed the bugs on to the ground and the birds got them, we had free range chickens they would follow me around when I got the hose out, I still use that method. The heavy chemicals came well into the war when every ounce of food was needed although Dad's principle of sowing one row for the creatures and two rows for us always left us plenty of fresh vegetables, after all he would say they are there for a purpose. We used DDT on people at check points coming into our area in the Middle East, it would be squirted on their heads up their clothes yes men women and children and our lads would be covered by the stuff. Luckily for me I was always designated gunner so was well back from it, years later I wondered what harm we had done. The years of use up to the late sixties caused a lot of harm to the Countryside and I would bet that even today you will find some of those chemicals in garden sheds.
Dad made his own fertiliser sending me to the fields to collect a mix of sheep droppings and cowpats these were put in a hessian sand bag the top tied and then lowered into a tub of water in the corner of the garden, one maturing one in use. An old tin cup of the stuff to a watering can and do not forget to lift and shake the bag, the smell was an acquired taste and did not go down well at the local dance when used as after shave.
Ruth Goodman and her crew caused some laughter among us people brought up on farms and there was quite a good thread on here as we discussed it. it would be an eye opener for most though for some of us the mistakes were there to see, the history of farming is a case in point, my Father would not recognise it in today's form. We had horses for the fields the old Fordson Tractor that started on petrol then changed over to Paraffin would come out for some work but horses did the ploughing harrowing and raking. Today you drive onto the field set the Satnav and have your breakfast while the machine takes the strain.
Yes I know, Boring history, "oh" well you do not need to read it.