'This War is a Food War…' In 1941 Lord Woolton, Minister for Food, was determined that the Garden Front would save England: 'Dig for Victory' was the slogan, digging for dinner the reality. With food imports dwindling the number of allotments grew, millions opted to 'Spend an Hour with a Hoe' instead of an hour in a queue, and the upper classes turned lawns, tennis courts and stately gardens over to agriculture. The national diet was transformed, with swedes grown in the place of oranges and hapless children sucking on carrot lollies; evacuees grew their own meals and bomb sites sprouted allotments. Vegetables ruled the airwaves with Mr Middleton's 'In Your Garden' whilst Home Guard potatoes became the favourites of the Kitchen Front. This is a fully illustrated look at the time when gardening saved Britain.
About the Author
Twigs Way is a garden historian, writer and lecturer with a particular interest in the gardens of the working and middle classes. She is the author of Garden Gnomes, The Tudor Garden, The Cottage Garden and many others.
Table of Contents
Introduction: 'This is a Food War' / Getting Dug In / All Hands to the Fork / Getting the Message Out / Gold From Your Backyard / 'What About the Flowers?' / The Country-House Garden at War / Dig for Peace, Dig for Plenty / Epilogue / Further Reading / Index