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Gardners of war
Daily Express [UK], by Simon Edge

Original Article

Posted By:Attercliffe, 3/3/2013 9:09:12 AM

The Dig For Victory campaign was meant to feed a nation to fight. But did the drive to cultivate every spare inch of land in Britain really fill the gap? In September 1940 the Lord Mayor of London summoned his counterparts from all over Britain to a gathering. It coincided with a stepping up of Hitler’s bombing campaign on the capital’s docks and clouds of black smoke swirled around the Bank of England as the mayors approached the Mansion House.[Snip]Much of the cargo lost was food and it raised the nightmare question of how an island of 45 million people

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Pity about the misspelling of Gardener in the header but the article itself is not only interesting, it holds inspiration for those of us watching food bills rise relentlessly.

An "allotment" was, and still is, a piece of local-government owned land which is not being currently used. It is divided into allotments which are then rented at a reasonable rate to those who wish to grow their own food and flowers.

I´ll stick with my containers of tomatoes, peppers, onions, carrots, lettuce, etc.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Rakasha, 3/3/2013 9:38:17 AM     (No. 9205691)

I´m not sure about all the words and I can´t find it on the web but the tune was light and cheery.

Dig, dig, dig a little garden,
In your own vicinity.
Dig, dig, dig a little garden,
Dig a little garden for victory.

Hoe the roots, thin the shoots,
Jimmy, Joe, and Mabel,
For your own good grow your own food,
Fresh from the garden to your table.

Dig, dig, dig a little garden,
Growing for democracy,
Dig, dig, dig a little garden,
Dig a little garden for victory.

(Chorus)

Dig, dig, dig a little garden,
´Til the world is safe and free,
Dig, dig, dig a little garden,
Dig a little garden for victory.

God bless and keep the generation that has endured and strengthen and prepare the generation that has yet to confront.


Reply 2 - Posted by: coldoc, 3/3/2013 12:13:25 PM     (No. 9205960)

My mother tended her bournemouth and london victory gardens until, as a war bride, she had to change venues to New York. It became a family tradition and continues to this day.


   

 

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