June 1945 Allotment & Garden Guide

By June 1945 the celebrations for the victory in Europe were over. The government was very aware that the struggle was far from over and that the need to dig for victory was as great in 1945 as it had been in 1940.

Monthly Growing Guide June 1945This leaflet starts by stating that the world food shortage was a reality that could not be ignored and 1945 would be the most difficult of the war with regard to food supplies. This was not the time to put the spade back in the shed.

The guide concentrates on crops to provide food, both fresh and stored, for the coming winter and the following spring. That period known to home growers as “The Hungry Gap”

Format of the Dig for Victory Guide

The original June 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 June 1945 Wartime Growing Guide covered these main points:

World Food Shortage

World Food Shortage

The June 1945 guide starts by warning that 1945 will be the tightest year of the war for food supplies and that the economic battle has started.
Check Progress, Filling the Hungry Gap

Check Progress, Filling the Hungry Gap

This page from the June 1945 growing guide is about taking stock of progress on the plot and covering the period when fresh food crops would be short - the Hungry Gap
Crops for the lean period

Crops for the lean period

This page covers the crops that can be planted in June and July to provide fresh green vegetables during the lean period from February to June, the Hungry Gap
Thinning & Tomato Cultivation

Thinning & Tomato Cultivation

Thinning direct sown crops like carrots, parsnips etc and the cultivation of tomatoes including sideshooting, watering and feeding.
Potato Cultivation

Potato Cultivation

Wartime advice on earthing up potatoes to prevent blight from reaching the tubers and spraying with copper based fungicide such as Bordeaux or Burgundy mixture or dusting with powders.
Spraying Potatoes Against Blight, Earthing Up Celery

Spraying Potatoes Against Blight, Earthing Up Celery

This page covers spraying potatoes against blight with Bordeaux or Burgundy mixture and how to make those mixtures along with information on earthing up celery to blanch it.
Pests, Feeding, Lettuce, Marrows, Tips

Pests, Feeding, Lettuce, Marrows, Tips

This page from the wartime guide covers some pest control, feeding plants, successional sowing of lettuce, sowing marrows and a couple of useful tips.
Root Crops, Harvesting Help

Root Crops, Harvesting Help

The last page of the monthly growing guide concentrates on root crops; carrots, beet and swedes with some excellent advice for harvesting your crops.