A History of the Ministry of Information, 1939-46


63.4% of the sample had either gardens or allotments. More households in rural districts and in the Southern area had gardens or allotments than those in other groups.

51% of the sample and 80.5% of those with gardens or allotments grew some vegetables. More use was made of gardens for growing vegetables in Scotland and the South than in London and the North.

Sprouts, cabbages and root vegetables were grown more frequently than other sorts.

97% had been able to buy sufficient vegetables for their meals, in general.

27.5% had had difficulty in buying particular sorts of vegetables. Such difficulty was more marked in urban than in rural areas and in Scotland and London than in other regions. The lower income groups more frequently experienced difficulty than the higher.

Onions, leeks and cauliflowers were the vegetables most frequently mentioned as being difficult to buy, the first two being in short supply and the last too expensive.

Carrots, cabbages, savoys, sprouts and swedes were bought more frequently than other vegetables.

Habit end taste were important reasons for not buying the less commonly bought vegetables.

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