The Second Week in October (Melanie)

Before I turn to the second week in October, I should explain that the first week in October saw me, by and large, cowering indoors, hoping to avoid the rain.  I felt shamed into turning my attention to several ‘projects’ that I had earmarked for myself when lockdown began, err, just over six months ago. 

One of these projects was to put some order into several piles of books that I have been accumulating and I saved that one till last, as a sort of reward to myself.  It’s possible to do a fair amount of sitting down and indulge in a little light reading to help the project along.  When I was almost done I unearthed (no pun intended) a great little collection of old and new books about gardening that a friend had presented to me when I took on my allotment. 

One was a charming reprint of a book containing sensible advice for the novice WWII allotment-holder, including how to dig efficiently without straining your back – why didn’t I pay more attention?! – and a list of necessary tools to see you through:

Adam the Gardener, a Sunday Express publication from around 1954, presents the gardener’s year, what to do and when, with illustrations of Adam in action.  He never looks very happy and I fear he hadn’t got the advice about digging techniques.  I thought I would see what Adam had to say about jobs to be done in the garden in the second week in October.  Here’s what I found! 

2 thoughts on “The Second Week in October (Melanie)

  1. The remedy for pot plants that have been ” reached by frost” is intriguing, I would never have thought of pouring cold water on them! And sadly, Monty’s Jobs for the Week has never suggested layering carnations this summer, so I haven’t any to lift now. I wonder why you leave them for 4 days? Great article!

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  2. I too found the frost treatment intriguing! This is certainly worth a try. Some interesting ‘top tips’ also! I always find it interesting how so much languishes, often never to be seen again apart from a fortuitous unearthing ( again pun not intended!).

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