Gardening is the new Black!
It’s the latest, the hippest. It's all the rage. Trust me, if you're not already hearing the chatter, you will soon enough. And if you don’t have something edible growing yet.....
Catch up, and catch on. This is one exciting movement!
During World War 1 & 2 (and also the Great Depression) the American government encouraged people to plant a garden in their yard or on unused land to relieve the pressure of supplying food around the country. Even planting on apartment rooftops was encouraged! In 1943 20 million private gardens were producing 8 million tons of food! Victory Gardens, or sometimes referred to as Liberty Gardens, were fundamental in helping to sustain and nourish Americans during times of extreme hardship.
However, the United States didn’t invent this idea. The term "Victory Garden" comes from Richard Gardner's book (of the same title), written in the 1600’s! During that time, the British were anticipating a Spanish invasion, and Gardner's book encouraged people to grow their own food in preparation.
photo from Salvage Yard Ideas: This Old House
Today, a renewed interest in modern-day Victory Gardens has begun to surface in response to the issues Americans now face.
High food prices, a reliance on mass-produced imported food, exorbitant oil prices, obesity, health issues, and the recession are just a few of the problems that have caused Americans to revert back to "the old days" and grow their own food.
Eleanor Roosevelt planted a Victory Garden on the White house grounds; the property surrounding San Francisco’s City Hall was covered with a Victory Garden a few years back; and most recently, First Lady Michelle Obama planted a garden on the White House grounds to promote healthy, organic, low calorie, natural food.
Hello Ms. Pearl at Underwood Farms
It’s hip, it’s cheap, and it’s changing our nation
one more time.
So...grab a pot, or maybe even a milk jug! Don't forget the potting soil and seeds! And fill your watering can....
Because we have wicked stories coming up over the next few weeks, that will inspire creative gardening, no matter your lack of skill, space, or time.
Take a stand against processed food and save a buck in the process! Victory Gardens are motivating our nation once again!
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