My apologizes for taking so long to post May’s Striving for Victory Challenge. In my defense, the sun was shining and it was time to get busy in the garden.
One of the strategies attempted by Germany to overcome the British people was to starve them into submission. During the Battle for the Atlantic, U-boats were used by the German navy to prevent merchant ships from reaching Great Britain and delivering nourishment to a hungry nation. The Axis did not did not succeed due in part to the Dig for Victory campaign.
On the eve of World War Two, the UK imported 75% of its calories. By 1941, food grown on the homefront reduced Britain’s reliance on imported food by half. Homegrown potatoes, carrots, and cabbage not only feed families and the troops but they also freed up valuable shipping space so that troops and equipment could be transported to the front.
This month we pay homage to our foremothers by getting our hands dirty and digging for victory.
- Grow something to eat. A big garden full of heirloom vegetables, a pot of tomatoes on your balcony, or herbs on your window sill all count.
The Wartime Kitchen & Garden available on Youtube provides an glimpse into gardening during the Dig for Victory campaign.
To help conserve fuel, we gave up single use plastic shopping bags, plastic water bottles, and disposable take-out coffee cups, hopefully forever. Since fossil fuel is used in the production of fertilizer, this month we conserve this valuable resource by composting our organic, household waste.
Composting was encouraged by The Ministry of Agriculture to replenish the soil and because the chemicals used to make fertilizers were required by the war effort. The Ministry published educational leaflets and movies such as this one:
Shipping space was at a premium during the Battle for the Atlantic. This month we reduce our reliance on imported fashion by creating a new article of clothing or household item from our old worn out clothes. I am working on using wool from an old sweater to make myself a new one. I know that H is also working on a project.
If you Dig for Victory this month, leave a comment and tell us all about it or post a picture of your accomplishments on the hip roof barn facebook page or on instagram with the hashtag #strivingforvictory.
If you want to join in, please do! We would love to hear about your experiences. If you have a wartime story to tell, please leave a comment. Stories are an important way to keep the memories of our mothers and grandmothers alive. And one more request, if you enjoy or find value in any of our posts, please consider making a donation to Sheepdog Lodge to support those for whom the horrors of war are not in the past.
If you have any other resources we can tap into, please include them in the comments.