The ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign was set up during WWII by the British Ministry of Agriculture. Men and women across the country were encouraged to grow their own food in times of harsh rationing. Open spaces everywhere were transformed into allotments, from domestic gardens to public parks – even the lawns outside the Tower of London were turned into vegetable patches. Posters, such as the one shown above ( (c) Imperial War Museum), were part of a massive propaganda campaign aiming both to ensure that people had enough to eat, and that morale was kept high. The recent recession, as well as a new awareness of ‘food miles’ and climate change, has increased the demand for vegetable growing plots and the trend is supported by new, comparable government initiatives.
Here on our post-war plot we have not only dug up some of the back garden, but all of the front too. We are told by a neighbour who was born here that that’s how all the front gardens started out 🙂
Our Dig for Victory 2015 series will track our efforts through the seasons, and is as much a record for us than anything else, though we hope it will entertain and inspire. (We’ll do our best).