Do you know what a Victory Garden is? Here is some info from Revive Victory Garden:
"During World War I and World War II, the United States government asked its citizens to plant gardens in order to support the war effort. Millions of people planted over 20 million Victory Gardens, and the harvest accounted for nearly a third of all vegetables consumed in the country that year. Emphasis was placed on making gardening a family or community effort - not a drudgery, but a pastime - and a national duty.
Why plant a victory garden?
Today our food travels an average of 1500 miles from farm to table. The process of planting, fertilizing, processing, packaging and transporting our food uses a great deal of energy and contributes to the cause of global warming. Planting a Victory Garden would reduce the amount of energy and pollution your food contributes to global warming. Instead of traveling many miles from farm to table, your food would travel from your own garden to your table.
Our current economic situation is another good reason to start a Victory Garden. Every time that food is shipped from the farm to the store and your table, gasoline is used. As gasoline prices rise, food costs rise.
I have no backyard; what can I do?
- You can combine vegetable plants with flowers in your frontyard.
- You can plant containers on your porch, patio or balcony and grow sprouts indoors.
- Check to see if you ave a community garden available.
- Perhaps a neighbor or friend without time or ability would let you garden their yard, in exchange for some produce.
If these options are not available, you can also choose to purchase foods which are grown close to home by visiting your local farmer's markets or joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). If local foods are not available to you, choose foods which use fewer chemical pesticides - such as organics, produce in-season or have minimal packaging."
In addition to the reasons above, I want to grow my own food because it will taste better and be so much fresher - and I can control the fertilizers used. And I love watching a seed turn into tomatoes or eggplants or any number of edible foods. It's a wondrous thing! For now I will use pots on my deck, but when we move to the country next year, we will have a big ol' Victory Garden.