Market Lavington Museum

Dig for Victory


In 2020, during the Covid 19 pandemic lockdown, more people have spent time home gardening. During the 2nd World War, the government actively encouraged this. Food imports were under threat from U boat attack and shipping was needed for carrying supplies to the armed forces.

Under a Ministry of Agriculture campaign, lawns and parks were turned into vegetable patches and previous non-gardeners needed to acquire new skills in order to successfully supplement their food rations. Vast numbers of monthly guides and free leaflets were produced to support home grown vegetable production. At Market Lavington Museum, we have a selection of these pamphlets.

This two sided page was encouraging people to do their bit, however small their plot.

small plot snip

crop plan snip

We will look at some more of the museum’s collection of Dig for Victory advice in future blog posts. See Valuable crops – peas, beans and potatoes, Know your onions, How to … Dig for Victory and Grow your own in Market Lavington.