Dig For Victory Monthly Guides


The Wartime Growing Guides in One Volume

By following these guides, even a complete novice can put fresh wholesome food on the family’s table all year round. The campaign may not have been as dramatic as the Battle of Britain but was just as vital to the eventual victory.

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The Wartime Monthly Growing Guides in One Volume

Dig for Victory

Dig for Victory, Monthly Growing Guides & Commentary

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 the Dunkirk retreat or the Battle of Britain but it was just as vital to the eventual victory.

Unlike those military campaigns that lasted weeks or months at most, the Dig for Victory campaign ran from start to finish of the war and for some time after. It wasn’t until 1954 that food rationing finally ended.

The government made land available, creating allotments and plots to enable the public grow their own food supplementing the ration with vitamin-rich fresh foods. As not everyone knew how to do it, they ran an educational campaign to help them.

This educational campaign has had a massive influence on how we grow vegetables for the last 80 years. The government guides from those dark days of the war are often as valid today as they were then.

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The Campaign that taught us to grow our own

They’re simple and straightforward but most importantly, they work. By following them, even a complete novice can put fresh wholesome food on the family’s table all year round.

I have collected that original monthly growing advice issued by the government from the war and put it into one volume with a commentary explaining where and why best practice has changed for the modern gardener.

Now available, 75 years after the end of WW2.  The price of £14.99. reflects that this is a larger format volume (6″ x 9″) and printed in colour which does add to the cost. An ideal gift for those interested in growing or in the Second World War.

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Replica Growing Plan Leaflets

Wartime Planting Chart

Wartime Planting Chart

I’ve seen the main leaflet and in some cases just one side of the leaflet for sale on Ebay at a range of prices, usually around £2.50 but sometimes as high as £6.95! So I decided to get some replicas printed to give away as part of this introductory offer.

With each copy of the book, I’m including a replica copy of Grow for Winter as well as Summer – number 1 in the New Series from 1945 and also a copy of Making the Most of a Small Plot, Dig for Victory leaflet number 23. Both on quality, 170 gsm (thick) gloss paper.

Ideal for the shed wall in your war-time allotment or frame one for the sitting room!

Free Seeds Included with Each Copy

Thanks to Thompson & Morgan and Suttons Seeds we can offer you 3 packets of seeds with this book, absolutely free.

We’ll pick 3 packets to accompany your book and get you off to a good start. If you order 2 or 3 qualifying books together we will try to ensure you get different varieties and avoid duplicates as far as we can.

We will also include our Crop Rotation eBook for free – please see you Completed Sales email for the download links.

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Britain’s greatest allotment authority
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Forget about any glossy pictures, what’s in this book is solid
words of advice, written in plain to understand English from a grower who’s had
frustrating years of experience behind him in trying to grow nutritious vegetables,
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