Skip to comments.Economic Woes May Bring Back Victory Gardens
Posted on 01/10/2009 6:05:11 PM PST by nickcarraway
I can remember my mother talking about the victory garden she had in the backyard of their home during World War II. My dad was in the Navy in the Pacific theater during the war and my mother felt that she was supporting the war effort with her little garden.
If you look up victory gardens you will find that during World War I and World War II, the government asked the residents of the United States to plant gardens in order to support the war effort. It was one way to bring the people together in support of a common goal and to make them feel that they were contributing to the war effort. It is estimated that millions of people planted gardens. In one article that I read it is recorded that in 1943, Americans planted over 20 million victory gardens, and the harvest accounted for nearly a third of all the vegetables consumed in the country that year. The article also stated emphasis was placed on making gardening a family or community effort, not a drudgery, but a pastime, and a national duty.
Jump forward to 2009. Given the not so rosy economic picture that the country and individuals are facing maybe we need to revisit the victory garden concept. If you go to www.revivevictorygarden.org/ you will find info on victory gardens. Victory gardens are not much different from vegetable gardens of today and the gardening principles and practices followed in the victory gardens are still the ones we use today in our gardens.
I would say that during World War I and World War II, everyone was encouraged to plant a garden, even if it was a small container on the patio or balcony.
Think if everyone planted some kind of a garden today. The amount of produce produced would be considerable and would dramatically increase the consumption of fresh and locally produced nutritious vegetables that would add to the well-being and health of our society, not to mention the positive impact to the family budget.
I am sure that many of the vegetables produced in the victory gardens were also canned and put up for use during the winter months, which in our society today is a dying art, but one that could be revived.
I see many positive aspects of encouraging victory gardens today. It seems to me that they hit the nail on the head when they said, emphasis was placed on making gardening a family or community effort, not a drudgery, but a pastime, and a national duty.
It seems to me that we need more of that kind of activity, commitment and spirit in society today. Make plans to have an economic victory garden in 2009.
“I see many positive aspects of encouraging victory gardens today. “
Everything tastes better for starters.
I’ve been wanting to plant a garden since we moved to this house. I have one area that I usually put flowers in, but this year, I think I’ll make it a fully functioning garden.
I think my kids will also have fun working in the garden.
And you get to decide how to control the weeds and bugs.Avoiding the pesticides and herbicides used in commercial vegtable farming would be a big plus.
Yep, I like that site Brads Gramma.
For those who live in a small space or a space that does not have a yard:
I’m thinking about a second garden. I have a spot over the drainfield where the grass needs to be mowed about twice as often as the rest of the yard.
I enjoy gardening though the weeds usually win. I really wish the President or Homeland Security would push this concept. Americans need to be more independent in the event of a crisis.
Are you implying that my dogs have totally trashed the back yard, and other than the pool....
THANKS for the links!
Great site, THANKS!
See Cindy’s link in #6, too..
I don’t spray and actually end up with more peaches, apples, pears, and cherries than people in town who do spray.
Something tells me the bees prefer my garden.
There’s wild fruit, free for the picking: raspberries, blackberries, blueberries. In urban areas, such as Boston, the large cemeteries are a great place to find wild berries.
Try raised beds. I built mine using 1x12 inch cedar planks. I stacked them two high and not only does it keep the weed seeds from blowing in, I can harvest without bending.
I remember our victory garden. Neighbors planted it and shared the food...it would have been 1943.
Something tells me you’re right.
Good pruning and keeping weeds and debris away from the trees might be your secret.
You might try some of that black plastic covering in the rows. The space between the rows can be controled with a good rototiller.
“Theres wild fruit, free for the picking...”
Amen to that! There’s also an awful lot to eat from the average un-treated lawn.
My BIL found a ton of wild grapes along a busy local highway on year. He picked them, then gave everyone in the family a jar of ‘Traffic Jam.’ LOL! Clever. :)
Thanks! Great link. :)
Here’s another family that really ‘walks the walk’ while making a buck off of the rest of us, of course. ;)
Did you know that the ‘Granny Smith’ apple originated in Australia? It was accidentally bred by “Granny Smith’ who was an orchid breeder. I don’t know all of the mechanics of it, but you somehow need apple seeds or blossoms to breed new orchids.
Anyhow, my brain-pan holds useless data like that. And Freepers are always welcome to it, LOL!
Mmmm. Would sell a lot of tillers.
Use six 1x12s that are eight feet long. Stack two for each long side and cut the other two in half and stack and voila, you have a 8’ by 4’ raised bed. (I used 1x1s in the corners.)
Be sure to tack galvanized screening to the bottom to keep out the gophers.
I started mine two years ago. Will continue to do so for the rest of my life, health permitting.
Sounds yummy! You may want to check out http://www.groworganic.com
Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply offers multi-fruit trees so you can get three kinds of apples, peaches, or pears on one grafted tree.
Although I don't refer to mine as a victory garden I do enjoy gardening. The biggest problem is crabgrass. Fight it all spring and summer. Have never found the answer as to how to get rid of it.
(Victory) Garden Ping!!!!!!!!
What kind of soil do you use? Do you have a compost?
Wow! GREAT GREAT inspiration!!! Pasadena, CA???
Before I built my raised beds and eliminated my weed problem, I had some success using layers of newspapers (black and white only/no colored print) to block weeds between rows and around plants. About seven sheets works best and it decomposes through the season and softens up clay soil. Lay it down, wet it, and throw a bit of soil over to cover.
Make a bean pole tee pee for them. They’ll have a blast.
I have two acres that used to be part of a cattle ranch. I do compost just by throwing all the garden scraps in a huge pile under an oak tree every fall. By spring I pull off the top layer and enjoy everything that is cooked underneath.
Every few years I take a plastic garbage can up to the garden store and get soil amendment that comes from crushed shells. It really adds to the soil, but it does produce mushrooms that may or may not be edible.
As stated before we learned from grandparents and parents long ago.....no need to bring back a victory garden. We still have ours !.......:o)
“think global, act local.”
Dig them up and mail them to me!!!!!!!!
The folks that I knew with pecan trees that kept me unlimitedly supplied have all passed away and now I don't know anyone with a pecan tree :(
There is not much of a savings when you start buying tillers and shredders. Once your soil is improved you can spade it in very little time
Thanks, I try your suggestion.
Geeez! Think I need some rest.
A very interesting thread! In Miami, we have something called Sea Grapes. They get big and purple and are pretty sour but you can eat them. They grow all over the place. Also sugar cane is fun to munch on. Whats the quickest and sturdiest plant to grow for food? I do not have a green thumb at all...
The REAL Mr. Victory Garden
James Underwood Crockett
2 Problems here:
(1) HOA. Many “gated communities” frown on them.
(2) Deer. In residential neighborhoods, you just can’t kill ‘em. Sigh.
Self ping for later read.
“Theres wild fruit, free for the picking: raspberries, blackberries, blueberries..”
And usually it’s on some farmers’ fence rows.
On Government owned land it is illegal to just go picking fruit.
And then it’s not free, it’s theft.
We started working on our garden area yesterday! We have about a 3 acre section of our propety that was covered with dead standing trees. A bulldozer came and knocked the trees down, and we plan on burning them this week. Part of the area will be for a field for some work we do, another section will be for a garden.
The wildlife people told us how to deal with the deer. He said put up an electric fence and every few feet attach a piece of foil with peanut butter on it. The deer will take a taste and get a whole new appreciation for my neighbor’s garden!
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