Dig for Victory Official Government Leaflets from WW2

Dig for Victory AdviceAs well as the monthly guides, the Dig for Victory campaign produced advice leaflets covering various gardening and food preservation topics in detail. These were issued free on request and huge numbers were printed.

The first leaflet in the first Dig for Victory series quoted a portion of Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s speech to the House of Commons on 5th November 1940.

We have to look a long way ahead in this sphere of the war. We have to think of the years 1943 and 1944 and of the tonnage programmes which we shall be able to move and which we shall have to move across the oceans then. Every endeavour must be made to use the time available to produce the greatest volume of food of which this fertile island is capable and so liberate our Navy and our merchant shipping for the movement of the considerable armies which will certainly be required in those years, if the enemy do not surrender or collapse in the meanwhile.

Notes about the Dig for Victory Advice Leaflets

Much has changed since the war but a lot of the information is as useful today as then. Where I feel it helpful, I’ve annotated the information. To make annotations obvious, they are coloured green.

Rather than trying to replicate the original leaflets etc. I’ve formatted the information in them in such a way as to be easily readable on mobile phones and other devices as well as desktop computers.

Grow for Winter as well as Summer - DfV No 1 New Series

Grow for Winter as well as Summer - DfV No 1 New Series

This leaflet is, I believe, the most influential document ever in British gardening. The advice is followed today, nearly 80 years on by vegetable growers
Onions Leeks Shallots Garlic DfV 2

Onions Leeks Shallots Garlic DfV 2

Includes: 4 Pages
The onion family were considered very important to the wartime diet by the government and this dig for victory leaflet was the second one produced.
Storing Vegetables for Winter Use DfV 3

Storing Vegetables for Winter Use DfV 3

Includes: 4 Pages
The dig for victory wartime guide number 3 covered storing the crops to ensure a decent food supply over the winter period until the next season's crop.
Peas and Beans DfV 4

Peas and Beans DfV 4

Includes: 5 Pages
This dig for victory guide explains the growing of peas and beans including peas for drying, broad beans, French climbing, dwarf, runner and haricot beans
Cabbages and Related Crops DfV 5

Cabbages and Related Crops DfV 5

Includes: 4 Pages
This guide from the dig for victory series covers growing the leaf brassicas, the cabbage family including cauliflowers, broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts
Root Vegetables for the Small Grower - DfV 6

Root Vegetables for the Small Grower - DfV 6

In this wartime dig for victory leaflet is a basic but thorough guide to growing the root crops. Carrots, Beets, Parsnips, Turnips and Swedes.
How to Make a Compost Heap - DfV 7

How to Make a Compost Heap - DfV 7

Compost is still the heart of the garden today but methods have improved over that promoted in this September 1941 official government guide.
How to Grow Tomatoes DfV 8

How to Grow Tomatoes DfV 8

Includes: 4 Pages
Tomatoes were popular but not a priority food for regulated commercial growers in the war. This official guide helped the home grower bridge the gap.
How to Make Bordeaux & Burgundy Mixtures DfV 9

How to Make Bordeaux & Burgundy Mixtures DfV 9

This wartime leaflet clearly explains how to make Bordeaux Mixture and Burgundy Mixture which are used to control blight in potatoes and fungal diseases.
Jam & Jelly Making DfV 10

Jam & Jelly Making DfV 10

This dig for victory guide on jam and jelly making from 1941 gives good basic information on the subject in a concise, clear format.
Bottling & Canning Fruit & Vegetables DfV 11 1941

Bottling & Canning Fruit & Vegetables DfV 11 1941

This dig for victory guide on bottling and canning fruit and vegetables gives good basic information on the subject. Bottling is still popular in the UK.
Bottling Fruit & Vegetables DfV 11 1943

Bottling Fruit & Vegetables DfV 11 1943

The 1941 version of this guide covered canning but by 1943 it was limited to bottling. A thorough, clear how to bottle fruits and vegetables
Seed Potatoes DfV 12

Seed Potatoes DfV 12

This leaflet on seed potatoes covers wartime potato varieties, seed saving, handling and storage, cutting tubers and the synonyms lost.
Storing Potatoes for Food & Seed DfV 13

Storing Potatoes for Food & Seed DfV 13

Includes: 4 Pages
Having grown your potatoes, they need to be stored properly to feed the family until the next crop. This wartime guide explains methods and seed storing.
Drying * Salting * Pickles * Chutneys DfV14

Drying * Salting * Pickles * Chutneys DfV14

Includes: 4 Pages
This concise but thorough wartime guide on drying, salting, pickles and chutneys was published as part of the dig for victory series of leaflets.
Potato Growing in Allotments & Gardens DfV 15

Potato Growing in Allotments & Gardens DfV 15

Includes: 4 Pages
In this wartime official guide to growing potatoes from 1942, the most important staple crop that the home grower can cultivate is covered in detail.
Garden Pests & How to Deal With Them DfV 16

Garden Pests & How to Deal With Them DfV 16

Includes: 4 Pages
This dig for victory guide from 1941 covered pest control on the important vegetable crops, mainly chemical based. Most of these chemical are now banned.
Potato Blight DfV 17

Potato Blight DfV 17

In this leaflet, No 17 in the dig for victory series the symptoms, susceptible varieties cause and treatment of potato blight is covered.
Better Fruit - Disease Control in Private Gardens DfV 18

Better Fruit - Disease Control in Private Gardens DfV 18

Includes: 4 Pages
The official war time guide to disease control on tree and bush fruits produced as part of the dig for victory campaign to help improve fruit yields.
How to Sow Seeds DfV 19

How to Sow Seeds DfV 19

Detailed but simple, this wartime guide to sowing seeds and using a seed bed is mainly a series of photographs. Designed to explain to non-gardeners.
How to Dig DfV 20

How to Dig DfV 20

In this wartime gardening guide, the best explanation of single digging and bastard trenching to break in new ground that I have found in 40 years
Saving Your Own Seed DfV 21

Saving Your Own Seed DfV 21

This guide from the dig for victory series explains what seeds may be easily saved and how to seed save along with which seeds should not be home saved.
Making the Most of a Small Plot DfV 23

Making the Most of a Small Plot DfV 23

This wartime guide to producing vegetables from a small plot to help the food ration, especially over the winter months. Includes rotation and cropping plan
How to Prune Fruit Trees & Bushes DfV 25

How to Prune Fruit Trees & Bushes DfV 25

Includes: 3 Pages
How to Prune Fruit Trees & Bushes, Dig for Victory Leaflet 25, an official guide to pruning practice to maximise fruit production.
NATIONAL GROWMORE FERTILIZER

NATIONAL GROWMORE FERTILIZER

A government official guide to National Growmore Fertilizer which is still a standard fertiliser today under the generic name of Growmore