Bonus Features: “Forget the golf stick and use the hoe” (WWII Victory Gardening)

Before diving into this post, read my TVO article on victory gardening in Ontario during the Second World War.

wtg 1943-05-20 victory garden banner

Weston Times and Guide, May 20, 1943.

gm 1943-02-26 gocvernment advocates home gardening

Globe and Mail, February 26, 1943.

gm 1943-03-18 food is ammunition ad

Globe and Mail, March 18, 1943.

wtg 1943-05-20 victory garden tips and overalls ad

Weston Times and Guide, May 20, 1943.

ws 1942-03-25 design victory garden for beauty 640

Windsor Star, March 25, 1942.

ws 1942-03-25 victory garden can be permanent feature after war 500

Windsor Star, March 25, 1942.

oc 1942-02-28 uncle ray's victory garden brigade

Ottawa Citizen, February 28, 1942.

The Citizen‘s “Uncle Ray” urged children to participate in victory gardening from early 1942 on. Subsequent columns included kids who “enlisted” in the Uncle Ray Garden Brigade, along with tips on what to grow.

ws 1942-05-06 children get victory garden seeds photo 640

Windsor Star, May 6, 1942.

wtg 1943-04-08 editorial encouraging victory gardens

Weston Times and Guide, April 8, 1943.

oj 1942-05-20 muggs and skeeter victory garden cartoon

Ottawa Journal, May 20, 1942. More on Muggs and Skeeter.

wtg 1943-05-20 victory garden goals ad

Weston Times and Guide, May 20, 1943.

gm 1943-05-01 growth of victory gardening

Globe and Mail, May 1, 1943.

gm 1943-06-08 mayor conboy and victory gardeners

Globe and Mail, June 8, 1943.

oc 1943-08-09 picobac ad good youth and victory gardens

Ottawa Citizen, August 9, 1943.

oc 1943-09-07 old man grows giant veggies in toronto

Ottawa Citizen, September 7, 1943.

ws 1944-03-18 cock brothers victory garden ad 500

Windsor Star, March 18, 1944.

Not going to lie – my juvenile potty humour kicked in when I saw this series of ads for a downtown Windsor gardening needs supplier.

gm 1944-03-13 higher quotas set by victory gardeners

Globe and Mail, March 13, 1944.

gm 1945-01-30 editorial lure of the seed catalogue

Globe and Mail, January 30, 1945.