Last Fall I happened on 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 definite addition to the BUY pile! 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 them anywhere. I think maybe these booklets and others like them were very common and so no one thought to save them or figured they weren’t wanted anymore? I remember my husband telling me that his Grandma Bertie 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 (insert expletive of your choice) brother had thrown them away with everything else hubby owned. 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 were home grown from what I understand. 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, it makes it much easier to find information and products to assist you.
I’ve decided to share the Have A Victory Garden booklet with the world over the next month or so via a series of 5 PDF files consisting of 15 pages each. I will post a new segment every Saturday for the next 5 weeks. After that I will start with the next booklet, which tells you what to do with some of your harvest: Health-For-Victory- Home Canning Special Feature published in 1943. Below is a sample of the downloadable PDF of part 1.