December 7, 2011, by Fraser

7 December: Dig for Victory – Grow for Winter as well as Summer

This Dig for Victory poster is from the University’s Collection of British World War II propaganda posters and was originally intended to encourage Britons to grow their own vegetables over the winter months – in addition to spring and summer. This was part of a necessary drive for increased self sufficiency and sustainability in the face of rationing and food shortages caused by the war.

According to the green-fingered growers at The University of Nottingham’s Sutton Bonington Allotment Society, there’s no reason why you can’t grow your own veg throughout the year – no matter how small your garden.

In this video the Society’s President Saoirse Tracy unearths some useful tips regarding which vegetables are hardy enough to grow when the weather’s cold. This includes a whole host of tasty options from leeks and onions through to garlic and cauliflowers:

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