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Following in the footsteps of Mr. Middleton - Gardening week by week from the advice given by Mr. Middleton's 'Dig for Victory' book published in 1945. (Gardening Blog)

 

"In this new series of monthly "Guides" we are out to help you to get better results from your vegetable plot and your fruit garden. Every month we shall try to do three things : first, we shall remind you of the things that ought to have been done, but may not have been possible because of the weather or for some other reason ; secondly, we shall deal with gardening operations for the month; thirdly, we shall look ahead a month or two and remind you of what you need to do in readiness."


12 monthly Guides published in 1945 by the Ministry of Agriculture at their wartime base at the Berri Court Hotel, in Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire. I have finally found and published the August Guide to complete the series. As far as I can tell, this is the only complete series available. It surprises me that these leaflets are so scarce.

 
 


please note: I've tried to keep the online page format as similar to the printed leaflets as possible however, in general, the online pages have been formatted to keep articles complete on one page for easier reading. [ed.]
 

 
  Allotment & Garden Guide Vol. 1 No. 1 January 1945

VOL. 1 No. 1
January 1945

Get ready for outdoor work - 1

What is good tilth? - 2

'Organic' Manures - 2

The three essential plant foods - 3

Manure in Rotation - 3

About 'Artificials' - 3

The importance of lime - 4

Reminders - 5
Seed Catalogue
Seed Potatoes

 

Vegetable Seeds - 6

Look after your tools - 7

Look at your stored crops - 7

Look to your fruit trees & bushes - 7

Spraying - 8

Manuring fruit trees - 8

Some helpful leaflets - 8

 
 
 
 

Allotment and Garden Guide February 1945

VOL. 1 No. 2
February 1945|
 

'February Fill Dkye" - 1

Have you got those seeds? - 2

Crop Rotation - 3

Crop Rotation 3-year plan - 4 & 5

Sow Broad Beans, Spinach, Shallots - 6

  Plant Jerusalem Artichokes - 7

Do you grow Rhubarb - 7

Get ready for "Runners" - 8

Some useful publications - 8

 
   
 
   

Allotment and Garden Guide March 1945

VOL. 1 No. 3
March 1945

"Just a happy fringe..." 1

Uproot vegetable stumps, Seeds, Fertiliser, Sticks & Stakes - 2

Feed Cabbage, Lift Leeks, Getting "Root" Ground Ready, How to use a Seedbed - 3

Brussels Sprouts, Leeks, Parsnips, Peas - 4

  Lettuce, Radishes, Parsley, Onions - 5

This Potato Business - 6

Make a Compost Heap this way - 7

Things to do in the Fruit Garden - 8

Some publications that may help you -  8

 
   
 
   

Ministry of Agriculture Allotment and Garden Guide April 1945

VOL. 1 No. 4
April 1945

"hasten slowly" - 1

Getting on with the job - 1

Reminders - 2

Beans, Beet, Cabbages, Carrots, Lettuce - 3

  Peas, Potatoes, Radishes, Spinach -4

Turnips, Onions - 5

About those Pests - 5, 6, 7 8

 

 
   
 
   

Garden and Allotment Guide May 1945

VOL. 1 No. 5
May 1945

Don't plant too soon - 1

Thin Seedings - 1

Earth up Potatoes - 2

Plant Brussels Sprouts - 3

Sow Runners - 3 , 4

Sow Marrows - 4

  Plant Celery - 4

The popular war-time crop...
Tomatoes - 5 , 6

Attend to the compost Heap - 7

Look out for Pests - 7

A bit about Birds - 8

 

 
   
 
   

Ministry of Agriculture Allotment and Garden Guide June 1945

VOL. 1 No. 6
June 1945

Tightest of the war years for food supplies - 1

Taking Stock - 2

Crops for the lean periods - 3

Thinning, Tomatoes - 4

Take care of your Potatoes - 5

  Earthing up Celery - 6

Feed Your Crops, Lettuce, Marrows, Couple of Tips - 7

More Root Crops, Swedes, A word about Gathering Crops - 8

 
   
 
   

Ministry of Agriculture Allotment and Garden Guide July 1945 page 1

VOL. 1 No. 7
July 1945

Pests - 1

Watering - 2

Leeks, Onions Brussels - 3

Runner, Shallots, Spinach Beet, Turnips - 4

  Succession, Spring Cabbage, Compost, Carrots - 5

Green Crops for next winter - 6

Saving Seed - 7, 8

 
   
 
   

Dig for Victory Allotment & Garden Guide August 1945

VOL. 1 No. 8
August 1945

Month of weeds - 1

Take Stock - 2

Prepare for Autumn sowings - 2

Tomatoes - 3

Onions - 4

  Mulch - 4

Stop Pest News - 5

Greens, Seedlings, Celery, Potato Haulms - 6

Spinach, Wasps - 7

Fruits - 8

 
   
 
   

Dig for Victory Allotment & Garden Guide September 1945

VOL. 1 No. 9
September 1945

Harvesting & Storing - 1

Potatoes - 1 & 2

Haricots & Onions - 3

Marrows, Pumpkins, Tomatoes - 4

Saving Seed - 5

  Marrows, Ridge Cucumbers, Parsley tip, Spring Cabbages, Turnip Tops, Beet tip - 6

Fruit from the Garden - Apples - 7 & 8

 
   
 
   

Garden and Allotment Guide October 1945

VOL. 1 No. 10
October 1945

Reflections on the garden
Compost - 1

Clear Rubbish, Bonfires, Storing Carrots - 2

Storing Carrots & Beets - 3

 

  Artichokes, Brussels Sprouts, Leeks, Rhubarb - 4

Liming - 5 & 6

Planting Fruit Trees - 6, 7, 8

 
   
 
   

Ministry of Agriculture Allotment and Garden Guide November 1945

VOL. 1 No. 11
November 1945

Reflections on November - 1

Cleaning up - 2

Early Digging - 2 - 3

Facts About Weeds - 3

Checking up on Stored Crops - 4

  Eking out those Winter Greens - 5

Work on the fruit Plot - 6

Winter Pruning - 6

Winter Spraying - 7

Winter Manuring - 8

 
   
 
   

Dig for Victory Garden and Alloment Guide December 1945

VOL. 1 No. 12
December 1945

Looking back - 1 , 2

Does vegetable growing pay? - 3

About those Tools - 4

Christmas and the gardener 4 , 5

 

  Looking forward - 6

What about some Herbs? - 6 , 7

First aid for the birds - 8             

 
   
 
   

Dig For Victory Cropping Plan

Dig For Victory Leaflet No. 1
1. Grow for Winter as well as Summer
2. & 3. Cropping Plan and Rotation Schedule

4. Table of Planting and Period of Use

Ministry of Agriculture

no date (circa 1940)
(There is a revised pamphlet published in 1941 which I will add as time allows. It is 8 pages, no color but includes additional information as well as a plea to plant to get vegetables all year round instead of a surplus in summer and scarcity in winter. As far as I can tell, the cropping plan is the same in both).


 
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