During Spring 2017 I decided to take on a second allotment. This is a traditional plot in the sense of its size, a little over 10-rods, enough to be very near self-sufficient. When I've got it ready for planting the intention is to give up Plot 1 in favour of this new full-size plot. Follow my journey through my blogs below. One thing I'm interested in will be to grow seeds which would have been around during the Dig for Victory campaign in the 1940s. This has also be inspired by watching Harry Dodson and Ruth Mott on the TV series The Wartime Kitchen & Garden which was broadcast during the 1990s. #startinganewallotment #newallotment #homefront #digforvictory #wartimekitchengarden

Recent Posts

July, 2017

  • 18 July

    Dig for Victory: First flowers going in

    helichrysum (everlasting straw flowers) and ladybird poppies

    I arrived on site just before 10am. Today the site superintendent makes the monthly plot inspections. I’ve been busy on the allotment this week and feel that I’ve done enough to show willing for the future. Before the superintendent arrived I noticed that a large amount of plastic, wood and …

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  • 18 July

    Sean’s Kitchen Garden #1: Getting started

    The first in a new set of videos where I take on a new allotment with a view of planting seeds popular during the 1940s.

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  • 16 July

    Dig for Victory: Clearing for a new flower bed

    Beautiful flower bed and shed

    I left it a bit too late getting to the allotment this evening. There were many people tending their plots, apparently Thursday evening is the start of the weekend in these parts. I met my plot neighbour and a few other plot holders, some well established and others like myself …

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  • 14 July

    Dig for Victory: Strimming the grass

    Wartime Kitchen Garden: Before trench and strimming

    Not much to report from the visit today other than I strimmed the grass. I would have liked to have strimmed far more but the battery ran out. With it being a new allotment I wasn’t sure what was under the grass so I took it slow and steady while …

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  • 13 July

    Dig for Victory: Starting to dig a boundary trench

    Wartime Kitchen Garden: Before trench and strimming

    Work continues around the little rickety shed. As one of the communal paths runs behind my shed it is unclear where my plot begins. Driving the spade into the very hard ground and turning it over will be enough for the time being to make it clear where my plot …

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  • 10 July

    Dig for Victory: Blackberries, Roses and Trees

    Wartime Kitchen Garden - Dig for Victory. Shed July 2017

    This afternoon I visited the allotment and started work around the shed. To the left there is an old climbing rose which is out-of-control. It looks like it hasn’t been pruned for many years and inside the structure there is a lot of dead wood. To the right of the …

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June, 2017

  • 9 June

    Dig for Victory: Making Plans for Structures

    This is the initial plan that I have for the top of the allotment. Just working out the location of the compost bins, water tank, mini-greenhouse, shed, seed bed and air-raid shelter (top right) – ideal for growing mushrooms!

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  • 6 June

    Dig for Victory: Back to square one

    I visited the allotment this evening and wasn’t surprised with what I saw. It’s been a fair while since I’ve been there. During the past few weeks I’ve been in-and-out of hospital trying to get to the bottom of the pain in my stomach, just under my left ribs. All …

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March, 2017

  • 13 March

    Dig for Victory: Clearing by the shed

    Wartime Kitchen Garden: Rubbish by shed

    Late afternoon and I make a start clearing the area by the shed. There are a number of pallets but they are so old they fall apart as soon as I touch them. As I move old plastic bags I’m discovering lots of wildlife, newts and frogs, and little baby …

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  • 6 March

    Dig for Victory: What was the Dig for Victory campaign?

    Within a month of World War II being announced the British government launched the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign. UK residents were encouraged to grow their own food. For those with gardens, flowers were dug up and vegetables took their place. For those without gardens the call to take up an …

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  • 5 March

    Dig for Victory: All systems go!

    After meeting the allotment superintendent the deal was done. A 10-rod plot, as instructed by the government “will keep a family of five in vegetables for 8 months of the year”, cost me 16 shillings and 3 pence which is just under £60 in new money. I must write to …

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  • 5 March

    Dig for Victory: Digging for Victory!

    “Meet me at the allotment gates on Sunday at 11am.” – email from the site secretary Sunday arrived and despite a weather forecast consisting of rain and wind, I was greeted with blue skies and gentle breeze as I arrived at the locked allotments gate. Behind them lay a new …

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  • 1 March

    Dig for Victory: New Year, New Project

    Before I started work in the TV and film industry, I worked as an Occupational Therapy Assistant at a hospital in Wales. The average age of the patients meant that there was a lot of talk surrounding the Second World War, the music of the era, the radio shows Gert …

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