Market Lavington Museum

Know your onions

Dig for Victory 1 snip

At Market Lavington Museum, we have a selection of the many Dig for Victory leaflets produced during the 2nd World War to encourage and support people locally and across the country to produce as much home grown food as possible.

One of these concerns itself with onions and related crops.


Onions were deemed to be a useful vegetable because they could be stored for up to six months, if the right sort were grown. The Ministry of Agriculture leaflet recommended suitable varieties for storing.

Onions snip

It also gave information on cultivation and on problems that could arise, before giving similar advice for growing other members of the onion family – leeks, shallots, garlic, chives and Welsh and tree onions.

For information about the other Dig for Victory leaflets in our collection, see  Valuable crops – peas, beans and potatoes, How to … Dig for Victory, Dig for Victory,  Grow your own in Market Lavington,