Videos to watch during the holidays?

Video fragments British horticulture 1930-1940

Two weeks with no news about vegetables. An eternity? Not with these videos. The British Pathé, a British archive, regularly supplies free fragments of recordings from their huge collection. These deliver exceptional images. Always wished to take a peek inside a greenhouse of the 1930-1940 period? Thanks to the British Pathé, this is now possible.

Cucumber greenhouse

A Mr. Pollard cultivated cucumbers in 1937 in a greenhouse. This resulted in a steady, good quality production, according to the grower.

Cucumbers without salmon
"It only needs some salmon!" is one of the captions of this film about women harvesting cucumbers in greenhouses. The harvest is placed inside baskets which are then taken by men to a lorry. This is what greenhouses looked like in England in 1931.

The Lemon Palace
This particular greenhouse was set up in 1936 in Russia, along the coastline of the Black Sea. The complex is a bit like a Roman amphitheatre and was used for the cultivation of lemons. That's where the name "The palace of Lemons" came from.

Tomatoes, or Love Apples
In the 1930's, tomatoes were given the nickname 'Love Apples'. In this greenhouse the harvest work is carried out by women, who make use of baskets. Afterwards the harvest is mechanically sorted.

Futagrow in the 1930's 
In the 1930's, experiments were already being conducted with the substrate-free cultivation of tomatoes. Research is carried out in U.S. greenhouses. The plants are supplied with nutrients through water.

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