Top Tips from 1947
Homely remedies for common problems – Taken from ‘Make Your Garden Feed You’ published 1947
To free your garden from insect pests, keep a water tortoise, or a hedgehog
A piece of carrot or potato fixed on a cleft stick and stuck in to the ground will attract wireworms – after a while pull up the stick and burn the bait with its harvest of wireworms.
Make a wash from a teaspoon of salt in a gallon of water –destroys white butterfly grubs of cabbages and other greens.
Turnip sawfly – a disastrous maggot – can be eliminated by seeping the plants lightly with a handbrush, causing the grubs to fall off, when they will die of starvation.
To prevent bean and pea weevils, immerse seeds in water before sowing and discard those which float.
Top dress celery plants with a mixture of soot and salt to prevent celery fly.
Here’s some other ideas…………..
Carrots or potatoes (not good ones) on sticks – wireworm traps
Soot – left for at least two months – fertilizes, and deters celery beetle – top dress in spring or summer
Wood ash – general fertilizer
Stop cabbages going to seed – insert matchstick in stem
Bury short bits of drainpipe near wall over compost when planting tomatoes near or under the rainshadow
Fertiliser includes feathers, sludge,
Liquid manure – place a bushel of horse manure in a sack then suspend in bucket or barrel, use diluted to colour of weak tea
Early potatoes grow in leaf mound weighted down with hazel hurdle filled in with bracken cut in autumn
Catch crops – lettuce, radish, cress
Seedbed – brassicas, leeks
Straw stuffed into flowerpots on sticks – earwig traps