Mr Brain’s Faggots Digs for Victory

In honour of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, the team at Mr Brain’s has been taking a look into the efforts on the home front and how digging for victory can apply to life today. 

One month after the outbreak of World War Two, the Ministry of Agriculture launched the ‘Dig for Victory’ scheme. From this point on, any spare countryside or garden was turned into a maze of allotments to provide essential crops for families and neighbourhoods. By 1943 the British public were growing over a million tons of vegetables and even making time to sing Dig for Victory anthems as they went along!

 The characters Doctor Carrot and Potato Pete were introduced to encourage people to eat as many of their own vegetables and fruit as possible as other foods were in short supply. Carrots could be used in everything from curried carrot to carrot jam and ‘Carrolade’ juice; whereas Potato Pete had his own recipe books and even nursery rhymes to try to encourage children to take part in the Dig for Victory.


In recent years, the British public has renewed their enthusiasm for turning sections of their gardens over to growing vegetables and using council land for community gardening and food growing. Not only is it much cheaper to grow your own vegetables, it is healthier and very satisfying so why not give it a go?

What should you be growing now? May is the perfect time to sow beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, lettuce and sweet corn. And don’t forget all these yummy home grown vegetables will go perfectly with a portion of Mr Brain’s faggots!

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