Last Fall I happened across a pair of WWII Victory Garden publications at a local estate sale, so, of course, I snatched them up! We love historic (and there for usually more natural) methods of cleaning, cooking, gardening, etc., making these a welcome addition to our home! I think I paid $6 for both booklets, which is more than I would normally pay, but they were in really good shape and I rarely see items like these anywhere. I think maybe these booklets and others like them were very common and so no one thought to save them or figured that they weren’t wanted anymore? I remember LH telling me that his Grandma Birdie had left him her ration stamps when she passed. He put them in a box in the attic with the rest of his keepsake belongings and went off to college. Then he came home to find that his older brother had thrown them away with everything else he owned, in order to make room for his own belongings. SAD! The victory garden movement was HUGE in the United States and Britain during WWII. They were everywhere and almost 1/2 of the vegetables consumed in the US at that time were home grown. We have always been interested in Victory Garden style growing; Heirloom varieties, organic food production and historic farming methods. Now that it has become sort of popular again, it makes it much easier to find information and products to assist us.
- Intro & building a Victory garden (download)
- Hotbeds, transplanting, irrigation (download)
- Vegetables A-C (download)
- Vegetables C-P (download)
- Vegetables P-Z, insecticides & preserving (download)
Of course, as with any vintage cooking or gardening instructions, be sure to independently double check the methods used to make sure that they are completely safe. We know now that many things that were common or popular in the past were NOT safe and, therefore, you shouldn’t use them. This especially applies to the pest control and preserving sections of this booklet. We provide it to you for the good information that it contains concerning planning and maintaining a vegetable garden and for its historic value, we are not responsible for how you use it.