Winter is on its way, but some of us are already dreaming of spring. And why not put that anticipation of spring to good use?
During World War I and World War II, the government promoted the creation of “victory gardens” or “war gardens”, vegetable, fruit and herb gardens planted on private property and public parks.
On a similar vein, Seattle, WA has confirmed plans to build a “Food Forest” full of fruit trees, herbs, and more, all available to the public free of charge.
Creating victory gardens helped with multiple things at once. The public food system was becoming overburdened, and if citizens created their own gardens, more factory food could be shipped to soldiers. They also made people feel like they were truly contributing to the war effort and boosted morale.
“A Victory Garden is like a share in an airplane factory. It helps win the War and pays dividends too.” -Claude R. Wickard
Victory gardens can be just as useful today – for slightly different reasons. With a growing movement toward at-home solutions, self-reliance, and locally grown foods, victory gardens fit right into place.
So how do you start your own? With perseverance, yard space, and some seeds.
- Planning is important, which is why you should take the winter season to read up on gardening and the right plants for your area of the world.
- Pick your plants. Which veggies, fruits or herbs do you eat the most often? If you’re new to gardening, which ones are the easiest to grow?
- Decide where to plant your garden. Will you pick a nice patch in your backyard, or will you need to use creative containers like window boxes?
With some patience and reading up, a victory garden can be yours!