Dig On for Victory

Dig On for Victory : Mr. Middleton's All-year-round Gardening Guide from 1945

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Mr Middleton was the Alan Titchmarsh of his day; the first and most resonant in a long line of media gardeners. His audience was the embattled British nation, hanging onto his every word during his wartime BBC broadcasts on gardening. It was Mr Middleton who exhorted us to 'dig for victory, dig for dear life', and, as in this book, advised us that 'an allotment is like the army. The first month is the worst: after that you begin to enjoy it.' Dig On for Victory is a facsimile reissue of the original 1945 guide and is follow-up to Mr Middleton's classic text, Digging for Victory. Covering all seasons, Mr Middleton's All-Year-Round Gardening Guide offers tips on growing everything from celeriac to strawberries. This book also features fascinating period advertisements for 'Mushrooms as a War Food Crop' and 'The Value of Cloches', for, as Middleton advises us, "Available food will have to be shared with a starving Europe, which may mean even greater sacrifices for us." Sage, gruff, touching and especially relevant to these new times of thrift, Dig On for Victory is the perfect companion for the modern gardener.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 128 pages
  • 129 x 197 x 24mm | 248g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, ports.
  • 1845134990
  • 9781845134990
  • 385,471

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'This delightful facsimile of a 1945 classic is perfectly relevant today, and invaluable to all grow-your-own enthusiasts.' -- Val Hennessy Daily Mail 'Mr Middleton's pearls of wisdom are timeless. He said your motto should be, "plan your work! Work your plan!"' Weekend Guardian (Worthing)
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About C. H. Middleton

C. H. Middleton was the very first celebrity gardener and launched the Dig for Victory campaign on the BBC World Service in 1939. His chatty and instructive broadcasts attracted over 3 million listeners, and the texts of his talks were collected into several volumes. Three of his volumes have been republished in facsimile by Aurum: Your Garden in War-Time, Digging for Victory and Dig On for Victory.
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