In the early part of the last century most people suffered very hard times, food was scarce and costly, especially fruit and vegetables. It was a time of extreme worry for those with families, not only did the father have his daily job to go to, but many were desperate to find other ways to provide food.
Many people converted part of their gardens, which was dug up and specially cultivated for potatoes, cabbages, runner and broad beans, tomatoes, and many other kinds of vegetables.
Local councils in city's, towns, and villages around the country provided the ground, where those who wanted to grow their own food was made available.
For those who loved the outdoor life, especially growing their own produce, the gardeners of England were in a world of devoting themselves to a piece of land, a small patch of ground that they lovingly called their “allotments”.
They sprang up in every place, the allotted land was soon being dug by those who had found a new interest, wanting to taste the luxuries of what they had spent so much time and effort in producing.
The allotment began to grow in favour for all those who liked to get-away from their homes and wander down to their piece of “hallowed” ground, where they they dug the soil, planted and watered the seeds, soon to relish in the pleasure and satisfaction of the newly growing plants.
This was a little piece of England they could call their own, families would wander down to their allotments at the weekend, share the joy of gardening together, have a picnic and a day out in the sunshine, relaxing and enjoying all their hard work.
The slogan which gave the English the motivation and the necessity to produce their own food came during the second world war.
Britain depended heavily on America and Canada to supply them with armaments and food, as dozens of ships in a convoy left the safety of their ports and headed across the Atlantic ocean, they were met with the feared and dreaded “wolf-packs”of U-boat submarines, who hunted the convoys down relentlessly ready to pounce and destroy them.
They stood very little chance during the crossing, Allied ships were being sunk in their thousands of tons weekly, tens of thousands of crewmen lost their lives, it was becoming nothing short of a complete disaster, food supplies were disrupted and Britain feared they may well starve if something wasn't done soon.
Many ships made it through the U-Boat, wolf-packs and food supplies were occasionally getting through, but certainly not enough supplies to feed the people of England marooned on this tiny island, it was becoming very serious.
Everyone in wartime Britain was a little hungry but no one starved, the Government took drastic action, the slogan they announced soon became a household name for all those that were determined not to let Hitler win.
This tiny island was a fortress in itself, but the food situation was worsening daily, so food production became a top priority.
The slogan on billboards across the nation heralded the words “Dig For Victory” signalling the nation to rise up and keep the country's food stocks full.
At Buckingham Palace the Queen Mother took delight in assisting the country in its “Dig For Victory” campaign.
Princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret began to cultivate the grounds within the palace for growing vegetables, encouraging everyone throughout the nation to accept the task that they were demonstrating by their example.
More or less every piece of ground in the cities across Britain was dug-up and vegetables were grown. London itself saw its beautiful gardens and parks ploughed-up, soon thousands of men and women were busily cultivating the very ground and growing vegetables, where once perfect lawns and grass grew.
It was a country under threat, in the farms and fields across Britain, farmers were assisted by a force of over 80, 000 of the Women's Land Army, who ploughed, milked, fed the animals, planted corn, wheat and barley, grew every kind of vegetable, and harvested all the crops, in a combined and determined effort to increase the country's home food production.
They worked from the early hours until late at night, bravely facing all the adverse weather conditions that this country is known for.
The farmers and especially the Women's Land Army, accomplished nothing less than a “miracle” in helping to keep the country fed.
In our time too, the 21st century there are those who now believe that growing their own produce is not only “fashionable” but a necessity.
This is the first time since the second world war that Buckingham Palace has now decided to grow its own vegetables within the grounds, setting the example to the nation once again, that we can all participate in this by encouraging our families to enjoy the products of our labour and grow our own food.
On the other side of the Atlantic, President Obamah's wife has already dug up part of the Presidential lawn at the White House to grow her own food, with her newly cultivated ground she intends to grow an organic kitchen garden.
This will also promote the benefits of home-grown food, healthy eating and self sufficiency, coupled with making every effort to protect the environment, her message is clear to all those across the country, hopefully many will follow her example in growing their own vegetables.
Thousands already in this country are willing to support the “growing movement”, for those living in tower blocks who have no garden are not put off, they too are growing vegetables in flower baskets and window boxes along the balconies of their high rise apartments.
It seems that the country is now fully aware of the benefits of home-grown food, healthy eating and helping to protect the environment.
With the ever increasing prices for vegetables soaring sharply it will certainly give us all a very good reason to get our forks and spades out, get digging and planting, then we can all say that we...”Dug For Victory”.
But for all those who now “grow their own” the greatest satisfaction and delight is when they tuck into those freshly picked, crispy mountains of vitamin packed vegetables and succulent salads...that they have grown it themselves!