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Sample WW II Victory Garden LayoutMany of the public service booklets provided very similar information.  They were published by Hearst (Good Housekeeping), International Harvester, Beech-nut Packing Company, Simon & Schuster (House & Garden Magazine), seed companies, and the government, among others.

They taught the basics of gardening.  The audience was assumed as having no knowledge and the material was presented as such.  Topics included soil health, how to plant, when to plant, how to tend plants, pest identification, and even suggestions on what to plant.

The basic produce types commonly suggested were:

Beans
Beets
Carrots
Peas
Radishes
Lettuce
Spinach
Chard
Onions
Cucumbers
Parsley
Kohlrabi
Summer Squash

Corn
Parsnips
Leeks
Turnips
Cabbage
Brussels Sprouts
Broccoli
Peppers
Cauliflower
Tomatoes
Eggplant
Endive
Rutabagas

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Emphasis was placed on making gardening a family or community effort - not a drudgery, but a pastime, and a national duty.  There is truth and lessons to be learned in our history.

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