August 1945 Allotment & Garden Guide

August 1945 Wartime Growing GuideAugust 1945 was, of course, the last year of the war. It had been expected to take at least another 6 months to defeat the Japanese. Whilst the Americans were providing the bulk of the forces, Britain was fighting through SE Asia and it was planned to switch forces and material to that front.

The atomic bombs that ended the war were a complete surprise to the public and most of the government. Possibly the prime minister and a few others knew what was about to be deployed but it was one of the most closely guarded secrets in the war.

Despite the end of the fighting, the economic struggle was set to continue for many years. America had provided huge amounts of support under a scheme called lend-lease. Their assistance came at a price and the bill had to be repaid. The final payment, of $83.5 million, was made in 2006 (see http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/6215847.stm)

Format of the Dig for Victory Guide

The original August 1945 Dig for Victory wartime growing leaflet consisted of 8 pages which I have followed by reproducing the content onto separate pages.

Where an article runs onto two pages these have sometimes been combined into one page for readability or the trailing content moved onto the relevant page.

Where I feel it helpful, I’ve annotated the information. To make annotations obvious, they are coloured green.

The August 1945 Wartime Growing Guide covered these main points:

Weeds & Harvesting

Weeds & Harvesting

The August 1945 Official Monthly Dig for Victory Guide starts with a reminder to keep on top of the weeds along with tips on what to harvest.
Harvesting Herbs, Taking Stock, Sowing

Harvesting Herbs, Taking Stock, Sowing

This page covers harvesting and drying herbs then moves on to taking stock of progress to date and sowing to provide crops for winter
Cultivating Outdoor Tomatoes

Cultivating Outdoor Tomatoes

This page concentrates on cultivating tomatoes as the season starts to close. Explains how and when to stop the plants to avoid energy going to fruit that will not ripen and end of season fertilising regime.
Onions, Sowing & Harvesting

Onions, Sowing & Harvesting

This page covers the harvesting of this season's onions and sowing onions for the next season. It explains in detail how to both harvest and dry the onions for storage including a great onion dryer design.
Moisture Mulching & Pests

Moisture Mulching & Pests

This page from the August 1945 Dig for Victory guide concentrates on holding moisture in the soil by mulching and what to do about those pests trying to devour your crops
Greens, Seedlings, Celery & Potato Haulms

Greens, Seedlings, Celery & Potato Haulms

This page covers winter green crops, seedlings and cultivation of celery along with a discussion on composting potato haulms.
Sow Spinach & Controlling Wasps

Sow Spinach & Controlling Wasps

This page from the August 1945 wartime dig for victory guide covers growing spinach and controlling wasps, the curse of a late summer in Britain.
Fruit - Harvesting & Cultivation

Fruit - Harvesting & Cultivation

This last page of the August growing guide covers the harvesting and cultivation of apples along with summer fruiting raspberries.