published: 16th February 1918



locations: Hallam Fields Gar- den Association

organizations: NA

| ALLOTMENT NOTES Potato-Growing Competitions I i By CULTIVATOR. I Sow that the allotment associations are getting into their stride in regard to the collective purchase of eeetl potatoes and other allotment requisites, tney are able to devote some of their energy in promoting I competitions anions their members to en- courage the better cultivation of the plots. In the various associations these competi- tions take a variety of forms: some are for ,ho be3t kept and cropped, others are fcr the beet of certain kinds of produce. A very popular comt-etition with many En- liah societies is that of potaw competitions In &ume prizes are eiven for the holder who can produce the gi-eatoeet weight oj tubers from one pound of seed. In others it is for the greatest amount from a certain num- ber of sets, ONE POUND APIECE. Probably one of the oldest of these com- petitions is that of the Hallam Fields Gar- den Association, near Ilkeston. In this competion the competitors are supplied with orce pound of seed tubers, and they aro not told the name of the variety until after midsummer, some of the heaviest returns werp. 166 lbs. 158 lbs. 150 lbs and 149 lbs. In another competion each memt-er is sup- plied with 1 )b. of seed tubers, and is al- lowed to cut them into any number .1? sa1, not exceeding JO. The winner or this com- petition produced 201 lbs from 27 sets. The committee supervise the plant-in?. lifting. weighing, etc. The liftint-r and weifrbins is all done on the same day. The methods adopted to produce these results are out of the Question so far as the ordinary run of allotment, holders are concerned, for the ex- penses can scarcely be justified. The tubere must be cut up into a number of eyes, and grown on in a greenhouse in pets until they are fit to plant out in May. The soil also requires much preparation to achieve euch results ANOTHER KIND OF COMPETITION. -A-IL,ther form of competition more gener- ally adopted us being more suitable for allotments is that of growing 14 sets in a row 21 ft. long and 2i ft. wide. The com pet-itors are supplied with 1 lb. of seed early in the year, and tho name is not disclosed until after midsummer. They are then required to pla.nt 14 sets in the 21 ft. row. The winner in one cf these competition?? produced 10Z Ibe. or iust over 7 Ibs. per plant. This is one of the best forms of competition for an allotment society to promote, and under the stimulating- effect- of competition fcr an allotment society to promote, and under the stimulating eifect of competition, skilful cultivation can pro- duce wonderful results. i CONCEALING THE VARIETY. I Foi- the purposes of such a competition the seed potatoes need to be bought early and distributed by tha committee in charge. The name should only be known to the sec- retary; in some cases it is not disclosed by the salesman supplying the seed until fter midsummer, by previous arrangement. The seed sets should be greened and sprouted in boxes, but any attempt to cultivate the sets in pots under glass, prior W planting, should lead to disqualiifcation. The result of euch a mpeti-¡Qn should prove what can really be ?ot oft of the land. and shouH ehc)w the Ya,ic, oi dt??-e show the value of deep cultivation and plenty of room for the plants. T VO FEET DEEP. Tbo ground intended for growing potatoes or. in fact, any other vegetable for competi- tion should be trenched at Je,88t two feet deep, but keep the different layers of -oil ia the same relative positions. The method is that. usually termed bastard trenching. A trench is taken out, two feet wide and the full depth of the spade and wheeled to the other end of the plot. Ne::t break up the i sub-soil with a fork and work in as much lighter materia] in the way leaves, strawy manure, road scrapinjrs. and such like as you can obtain: then mark off a second trench of two feet. and plaoe 'he top spit on the first trench, finishing off with the loose soil from the second trench. Each succeeding trench is dealt with in the same way Any available manurt. for the reason's crop should bo placed under the top gpit. so as to be available for the crop at once If the surface soil is stiff, lay it up as rough as possible, and when preparing the ground for planting, work in a pood quan- tity of wood ashes. From ground prepared in this way exceedingly heavy crops can be secured. ONION GROWING. In eome societies competitions are also held for the best row of onions produced from one row 21 ft. long by 1ft. wide. The onions are to be in one straight line. In one society in Swansea competition is go- ing to he keen among onions this year and challenges have been goincr round these past, few weeks. It is to be hoped there wilj b ¡ no challenges in another directions at the end of the season. ) i â ii â