Dig for Victory: Monthly Growing Guides

£12.99

The famous Wartime Growing Guides
that showed the nation how to feed itself!

Most British people have heard of Dig for Victory and recognise the iconic logo of a boot pushing a spade into the soil. Despite victory being in sight by 1945, the government knew that food supplies were perilous and shipping still desperately needed for the raw materials of war. These famous guides showed people fighting on ‘the Home Front’ exactly what to do each month to put wholesome food on the family’s table from their gardens and allotments.

In Dig for Victory: Monthly Growing Guides author John Harrison put together twelve growing guides from the time. Together with his commentary written as a gardener rather than a historian, he clearly explains what’s changed and why in modern gardening practice, which is less than you might expect in 80 years. He also provides context for readers as to the background of each guide based in part on research but most importantly the experiences and accounts of those who were there.

Pre-order now. The book will be despatched when published 15th August.

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Most British people have heard of Dig for Victory and recognise the iconic logo of a boot pushing a spade into the soil. The campaign may not have been as dramatic as the military campaigns such as Dunkirk or the Battle of Britain but it was just as vital to the eventual victory.

Despite victory being in sight by 1945, the government knew that food supplies were perilous and shipping still desperately needed for the raw materials of war. These famous guides showed people fighting on ‘the Home Front’ exactly what to do each month to put wholesome food on the family’s table from their gardens and allotments.

The government knew a well-fed, healthy population was critical and home-grown vitamin-rich vegetables was important to achieve that aim. They succeeded so well that the population was healthier at the end of the war than before it.

This educational campaign has shaped how we grow vegetables at home for the last 80 years. The reason is simple; the government guides from those dark days of war are as valid and helpful today as they were then.

Of course there have been changes, most obviously in the chemical pest controls used in those days, but the basic methods, techniques and timings remain the same. Vegetables are still vegetables and many of the standard varieties of the war are still available and popular today.

Author John Harrison’s commentary is written as a gardener rather than a historian. He clearly explains what’s changed and why in modern gardening practice, which is less than you might expect in 80 years. He also provides context for readers as to the background of each guide based in part on research but most importantly the experiences and accounts of those who were there.

Pre-order now. The book will be despatched when published 15th August.

Additional information

Author

John Harrison

Dimensions

152.4 × 228.6 mm

ISBN

978-1-9163396-3-7

About the author

John Harrison lives in Snowdonia, North Wales on a smallholding with his wife Val and a pride of miniature lions who can be mistaken for moggies.
They grow their own fruit and vegetables whilst experimenting with different gardening methods. His aim is to be as self-sufficient as possible.

He has had eight books published to date, including the bestselling Vegetable Growing Month by Month, The Essential Allotment Guide and Easy Jams, Chutneys and Preserves along with numerous magazine articles. As well as writing, he runs his popular award-winning allotment-garden.org website from his home.

Praise for John Harrison’s previous books:

“Solid words of advice, written in a way that everyone will understand” – Medwyn Williams MBE FNVS – President of the National Vegetable Society. Winner of more than 10 RHS Gold Medals at Chelsea for vegetables.

“Britain’s greatest allotment authority” – Emma Townshend in the Independent on Sunday

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