Growing up in the 50's and 60's
A typical Garden of the 1950s
1950's - The Garden
From the days when frugality was a way of life
I've said in the frugal pages that, really, it's not clever to be frugal; to our Grandparents (of my age group), it was something that was natural and in many ways essential due to two world conflicts in their time - 'Dig for Victory' was the motto and rose beds became cabbage patches and backyards were for chickens, if you were lucky.
Both my grandfathers served in WW1 and were 'keeping the home fires burning in WW2.
So, it would come as no surprise that much of my learning came from them. It's just that it took 40 years or so for me to get around to it!
Grandpa & Grandma Amas (my mothers side) had the true garden of the 40's and 50's.
The garage had the wonderful mixed smells of car with leather upholstery, engine oil, wooden tools and stored vegetables, something which remains with me to this day.
Immediately beyond the french doors in the sitting room lay the first half of the back garden, similar to the front, very square patterns and high wooden fencing. At the end of this was a high hedge with a narrow gap to the left which took you into yet another world .......the Vegetable and Fruit Garden.
The immediate memory of this is the regimental planting of the veg.
At the end of this was yet another gate which led to a couple of steps going down. In here he had a couple of hives, loads of compost heaps and more the wilder plants like rhubarb etc.
Strangely, behind that were Allotments ! Regret to say, the allotment is now South West College !
So, this was a natural way of life for them. Grow your own and reap your labour.
The Cannons reverted to pre-war garden not long after it ended. They had a smaller garden which had a path meandering up to a small fish pond at the top.
My Grandmother attracted cats and the kitchen would be a day long smell of fish boiling and cats on every window sill !
Grandpa liked his roses and would get quite grumpy if you dared to venture near them. Grandma loved her herbs and lavendar plants - again, the smell of memory !
So, for a good decent basic no thrills guide to gardening, find the Home Front sites.. Look at those and you'll learn about frugal and a load more to count.
See also the Down the Lane 'Wartime Home Front Garden' page
Growing up in
50s and 60s
50's & 60's In the Blog
1960's Year by Year
There was still an air of WW2. Dig for Victory went on. Here's my Grandmother on a make do and mend' policy!