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1. New Year, New Project

With my allotment now covered in raised beds, it makes the task of looking after it very easy. But with that it bring a lot of spare time. So how will I fill this spare time I hear you wonder (you bet had otherwise this post ends now).

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 & Daisy) and the Dig for Victory campaign.

I’ve always been interested in taking the leaflets from the Dig for Victory campaign and recreating an allotment based on their information and plan. Now that my allotment is covered in raised beds it’s not long possible.

A few months ago I contacted my local authority and requested that my name be added to the allotment waiting list for a 10-rod plot. According to the information of the 40s it states:

“A ten-rod plot will keep a family of 5 in vegetables for 8 months of the year.”

I now wait to hear where I am on the waiting list. Keep an eye out for a new playlist on my YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/seanjamescameron in the meantime – video will all be marked ‘Wartime Kitchen Garden’ to make it easier for you to find them.

Until then, here’s mud in your eye!

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2 comments

  1. Great idea SEAN. Always loved the idea. Many of the old ways remain the same

  2. Just to let you know, your experiment has inspired me as well. Been subscribed to your YouTube for years. I’ll be using part of my back yard (yes, I’m an American, so we call them ‘yards’, the actual dug dirt that things other than grass grow in is what we call the ‘garden’).. anyway, will be using part of mine to grow a small “Victory Garden” per the US pamphlets.

    Honestly I feel the UK pamphlets are more codified and structured, as they were intended to get non-growers ably growing vegetables quickly, where the US ones were convincing an already farming public to also grow a smaller plot of vegetables for the family alongside the singlecrop fields they already grew. The US ones weren’t intended for city-dwellers for the most part.

    It’ll be a fun experiment to work on with the kids, anyway.

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