The Wartime Kitchen Garden Series Continues With Wartime Recipes Via The Radio. I Can’t Say It Looks Appetising To Me! What Do You Think!

Then it’s on to tomatoes being grown in greenhouse staging. Why they didn’t remove the staging I don’t know. It then quickly moves onto cod liver oil .. which seems like a way to torture children. It’s not exactly Wartime Kitchen Garden!

But then it’s back to growing seeds sent from America. And we see new crops, unknown to the British gardener. Things like squash and sweet corn! They were considered very strange during the 1940s.

Then it’s back to tomatoes and we see tomato pollination by a method no sane commercial grower would ever do today. But they do discuss raising the humidity for a while which I do agree with. Though I’d prefer to see it right all the time.

Parsnip was used as a banal alternative during WWII

Next comes wartime fashion .. mmm fashion, not in my mind. But we then see ashes being applied to the tomatoes in a bid to increase yield and prevent greenback. Ohh an onion juice being applied to legs because stockings were in short supply!


Bananas were a luxury in those days but parsnips were used to replace them! Imitation bananas.

The day 8 million bananas were landed at Bristol, after the war, confused some kids who didn’t know how to eat them.

Picking Tomatoes

Tomato picking comes next. Don’t forget to leave the calyx on the fruit! they explain how your hands go black… don’t remind me. When I grew tomatoes commercially I used to pick a ton or more of tomatoes most summer days. Black market tomatoes were a thing during the war! 1/6d for a pound and half was the price.

Tomato Preservation In The Wartime Kitchen Garden

Bottling toms in Kilner Jars. I don’t see this any longer. But they bottled and cooked them, poured in brine and sealed them.

That’s part 5 of the Wartime Kitchen Garden. Part 6 follows soon. Watch this space.

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