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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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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, …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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