Albert Memorial Allotments, 1941...

“Victory gardens were planted in backyards and on apartment-building rooftops, with the occasional vacant lot “commandeered for the war effort!” and put to use as a cornfield or a squash patch. During World War II, sections of lawn were publicly plowed for plots in Hyde Park, London to publicize the movement.”

- Victory Gardens

Image by William Vandivert, from the LIFE Magazine collection.

NB: The specks in the sky of this image are barrage balloons.