Victory Gardens (war gardens) are gardens promoted in 1941 shortly after the US entered WWII due to a food shortage. Food was prioritized to be sent to the military and allies so civilians were encouraged to grow-their-own. Folks grew everything from vegetables to fruit and herbs!
Victory gardens and why you need them.
I’ve always loved the idea of victory gardens. Every time I grow something it’s my victory garden (I’m not always that great of a gardener). That’s beside the fact, though.
In this time of a global health crisis, there are a few great reasons to consider planting a victory garden. For beginners, we’re going to get through this crisis. What better way to celebrate than with fresh vegetables or herbs from your garden?
It’s so important to get outside during the current days of COVID-19 quarantines. We’ll all be surprised how depressing it can be to sit inside all day long. Folks might not realize the lack of Vitamin D can be detrimental to your mental health and happiness.
Getting your hands deep in the soil is a great way to get a good dose of VitD. It’s also a great want to take a mental break from COVID-19/coronavirus. Now grab your garden tools and let’s get planting!
What should I plant in my victory garden?
Good question! You can plant whatever you like! For crops that typically mature within 3 months or so, consider these:
- Green onions
- Bok choy
- Cucumber (you’ll need a trellis)
- Bush Beans
- Tomatoes (don’t forget your trellis!)
For easy-to-grow vegetables:
If you’re new to gardening, it could be a better idea to start with a few crops that will be the easiest to grow. Easy crops for your victory garden can be bush beans, zucchini, summer squash, radishes, kales, arugula, and cucumbers.
The perk of most of these vegetables is they are hot weather veggies. With any luck, this global crisis will be behind us by the end of the summer and you’ll be harvesting delicious, fresh vegetables!
NOTE: I’m not telling you this will be behind us by the end of the summer and have no scientific evidence of it. I’m just trying to keep a little hope!
What to consider before starting
Where will you be putting your garden and how will you be growing your crops. If you have a little land, you can do a simple raised garden bed to grow your crops.
On the other hand, if you’re in a smaller apartment you can always use container gardening! When you choose to container garden, keep in mind what you’re planting and in what.
Most balcony planters need shallow-rooted plants like arugula, kale, and other salad veggies. You can also plant great herbs such as mint, oregano, thyme, etc. in your containers!
Most plants need a certain number of hours of sunlight per day. Make sure your victory garden positioned in the sun for a few hours a day. Most salad crops (lettuce, arugula, spinach, kale, etc.) can thrive in partial sunlight.
If you have a little more land, but no shade, you can consider putting hoop frames on your garden beds as I do.
Where to get seeds and soil
Since COVID-19 has shut down many outlets for seed shopping, you can always start within your home. Did you buy tomatoes, peppers, or cucumbers to snack on while practicing self-distancing? Save those seeds and plant them!
In my county, our local feed stores are still open and selling seeds! You can also call on your neighbors and libraries, who sometimes have seed storage.
There are also a few vegetables you can use to start your next crops such as lettuce or celery. You’ll cut the “butts” off the bottom of these crops and put them in a shallow dish with water and wait!
There are other vegetables that might be in your kitchen that’ll help you bypass using seeds. For example, to grow garlic you plant cloves of garlic in the ground! This same method applies to turmeric and ginger. Grow pineapple by cutting the top off and planting in fertile soil! For garlic, turmeric, and ginger you’ll need a deeper planter such as one like this.
For soil, if you’re in a fertile area you can use the soil right from the ground! Outside of that, look to your open stores for bags of black kow manure, compost, and topsoil. You can also start your own compost pile!
If it’s chilly in your area and you know you’ll need to start seeds inside, pick up a few of these great seed starter trays. Some folks like to use supplemental lights for seed starting, especially when they don’t have a convenient window.
Victory garden success and pictures
If you do start a victory garden (or a simple victory planter) feel free to post to Instagram and tag me so I can smile about it! I plan to add solar path lights to my garden space when it’s done to add a little beauty in the evening.
Since my last hammock broke, I’ve also had my eyes on these rope chair swings. We grow gardens every year but I have a feeling these next gardens will be even more special than the ones before. Are you growing a victory garden?
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More on gardening:
- New to Vegetable Gardening? Tips for Persevering from my Own Failures!
- How to Plant a Vegetable Garden for Homesteading Beginners
- The Easiest Vegetables to Grow As a Beginning Gardener