The Wartime Week End Gardener
I’ve been reading a gardening book from 80 years ago, The Wartime Week End Gardener by John Hampshire.
What struck me most is how much of the guidance then is just the same now. Sure, some varieties have changed but otherwise surprisingly little else. A carrot is still a carrot and a cabbage still a cabbage.
For this weekend he suggests as the first of many tasks:
You will, naturally, want a few cabbages late in the season, and there is time for them to come to maturity if you plant your seed now in a shallow drill in the seed-bed. When the plants are big enough to handle you will, of course, plant them out as you have done up to the present with all members of the Cabbage family.
In the same way you may now plant in the seed bed a few Cauliflowers, which will mature at the end of the summer. For a variety choose All the Year Round.
Incidentally, that variety is one of the Wartime Seed Collection we’re offering as a free gift with my book Dig for Victory. It’s still a popular variety today.