WW2 Allotments in Glasgow
During the rationing and food shortages of the First World War, potatoes became a very important food. Potatoes were not rationed and everyone was encouraged to grow their own in gardens or allotments.
So far War & Peas has been focused on what was happening at home in Scotland, but this post explores how Germany was also affected by food shortages – especially a shortage of potatoes.
The Merrylee Allotments were laid out in 1917 on land belonging to Pollok Estates. There were 80 plots of 200 square yards each. All of them were taken up immediately for an annual rent of four shillings and three pence.