During World War I and World War II, many countries encouraged their citizens to grow gardens, often called the “Victorian Garden.” It relieved some of the burden on the public food supply and marketed it to support the war effort. In fact, some sources say that 41 food items consumed by Americans in those days were grown in their home gardens.
Vacancies and public parks became vegetable farms, and many grew beets, Swiss chard, tomatoes and lettuce on their front doors or roofs.
Fateh Bagh was a practical way to improve food security on the home front. I think it’s time to bring them back in fashion!
Why Grow a Victory Garden
Now this war is not a great second, but today we face a different kind of war. Current events clearly remind us that access to fresh, healthy, local food is one of the most important aspects of daily life.
Even when we are not facing a global crisis, our food system is in danger… and endangering us.
Of course, I am talking about food supply and health status in our country. We are not facing an enemy equipped with rifles, but there is much smaller attacker that we often happily feed our children with.
Most sources agree that most of us are not eating enough vegetables and fruits. In fact, the CDC reports that only 27% of us use the recommended amount of vegetables daily (and many experts claim that the recommended amount is even lower!)
Most of our food is a source of inflammatory substances, such as multi-purpose oils, sugar, and processed grains. We consume 100 pounds of sugar per year, and recent studies show that many of us lack basic vitamins and minerals that we need for basic health.
Here’s the thing: We vote on our dollars and our actions. We can claim a “victory” over current food trends in the United States by growing our own gardens.
Bonus: If our children are more likely to love fresh vegetables, they will eat them at exactly one plant that they helped to grow.
New war: food prices rise
We also face the problem of rising food prices. Prices are rising on all kinds of food. We all know that organic vegetables and fruits and other “healthy” products are especially expensive. In fact, even in the comments on this blog, the most common reason for not eating enough vegetables or choosing organic options is prohibitive cost.
There are real meal-eating strategies in the budget, but it’s a weird battle. Sadly, this problem is unlikely to get better anytime soon. It is expected that consumer prices will continue to rise in the coming years and the choice of buying organic produce will be difficult.
It’s free to discover that you can grow your organic lettuce, spinach and bananas in your backyard (instead of buying weekly lettuce shipped in plastic from all over the country!).
If it is not possible for you to start a garden, find and help your local farmers and farmers markets. They can work for you!
Victory Gardens: The solution to both problems
I said earlier that there is a lot of wisdom that we can learn from older generations, and that information about their food production is not exempt. Although approximately 40% of American households somehow grow orchards, that number can overcome both rising food prices and rising health problems.
Having a garden offers other benefits!
According to statistics, financials survive longer and there are many possible causes. They spend more time outdoors, get natural vitamin D, and interact with a lot of microorganisms found in the soil. Dirt has its own benefits and the simple act of dirtying our hands can provide immune benefits.
Many people report stress relief and better sleep from spending time in the outdoor garden.
One of the benefits for families is that jailbreak is a great activity and the screen is a great way to spend more time and not have outdoor activities.
How many tasks can be cured if the family gardening and walking / moving / playing together?
How to Start a Garden in Your Own Backyard (or Front Yard!)
It doesn’t matter how much (or how little) space you have, you can grow your own organic vegetables. From small-scale gardens such as sprouts and microgreens in the kitchen to a massive backyard garden, we can grow everything!
Before we talk about methods, let me just share one important lesson that I have learned: Don’t hesitate to elaborate! Getting started is the most important step.
A full garden
People who have enough room to grow more or more of their own food on their property. Where we live, so many people do, and I’ve heard about in-laws about how they have increased their production. Even a 10 x 10 garden can add a tremendous amount of food and is a wonderful family activity.
With no space in the backyard, they have gotten creative. Some people are growing beautiful front yard vegetable gardens for limited space use.
New to gardening? Consider using an app (like this one) to plan and learn the maximum spacing and planting times for your zone. At the end of this post I will also list some of my favorite books and videos on how to start a financial
Square Foot Garden
A highly effective gardening method that has gained popularity in recent years, square foot gardening allows small yards to prepare large quantities of food.
Square foot gardens are generally raised beds that add soil to existing ground and clay soils. These are expensive on the front but are easy to maintain and usually produce a lot of produce. In fact, a small square foot garden can produce enough produce for the entire family if the right hen is taken care of.
The square foot gardening reverses the idea of traditional garden rows on its head and maximizes space by planting in one foot square blocks. This is a great way to maximize a small garden plot.
Roof or Container Garden
Families with limited outdoor space can grow any kind of container garden. A small farmer can grow lettuce, spinach or herbs, while a large planter box can grow a small square foot garden. Even a small window box outside the window can add some green or herbs.
The following plants in the container are very boring
- Sweet peas
- Basil and herbs
See the flower pots and containers near you and get creative! Wash them with soap and water, add some pottery soil (recipe to make here), and follow the directions on the seed packet.
The container is also great for beginners in horticultural season, as you can easily cover or bring in plants if you are prone to frost.
If you don’t have a lot of space, go big! Vertical gardening techniques can work in traditional garden, raised beds, or in pots in the courtyard or balcony. Peas, beans, even squash can be grown in a small space through a simple help or trails.
Sprouts + microgreens
Even those who have no outdoor space at home can eat some food. Lettuce, bananas, spinach, or even broccoli or sunflower shrimp or microgreens are incredibly nutritious and delicious on stage. You can eat fresh green in a matter of a week, everyone is at home!
Foods such as sprouts on the kitchen counter will easily grow in glass jars, and with a little extra work a tray of microgreens can produce a lot of nutrients for a family.
This video explains how to grow your microorganisms step by step. Even children will love to walk and help! (And most likely, eat green vegetables if they help them grow!)
Tips to get started
Want to get started (but not overwhelmed) These are some practical tips that I have learned over the years, both trial and error. Hope they help you get started easily!
- Start small – Variety is usually the spice of life, but not so good for new finances. If you are new to gardening or have a self-proclaimed “black thumb”, start with just three or four types of growing vegetables. I wouldn’t recommend trying to grow anything in your cabbage family for the first year, for example, since they are a magnet for insects and physically difficult to grow.
- Choose easy to grow vegetables – Herbs, Swiss chard, bananas and zucchini, hardy and easy to grow in most areas of heat.
- Choose widgets that are fun for kids – Sweet peas, cherry tomatoes, strawberries, mini sweet peppers (also known as lunch box peppers), and red runner beans are all crops my kids love. Think small, sweet, and having breakfast and breakfast. Consult Vegetable gardening week by week Book below or research gardening sites to find out what to plant.
- Use local gardening networks – It is likely that there are many gardening groups in your area. Join online groups for tips, germination changes and local plant sales.
- Add some beauty – Don’t forget to add a flower pot to your container garden! They help to attract the pollen and add some color! Nestorium and calendula are beautiful edible flowers, and Xeniaz makes it easy to grow chopped flowers.
Supplies for the Victoria Garden
If you are just getting your feet wet, here are some resources:
- Organic Gardening 101 – Find step-by-step guidance in this post.
- Vegetable gardening week by week If you buy only one gardening book, this is a must have. It’s all right when you apply it with a simple formula based on your last frost date.
- Biochar Soil Modification – In the organic garden, it’s all about soil. I can’t say enough about this natural fertilizer, which is designed to restore minerals and microbial balance, which is why most of our soil is degraded today. I add it to the potting soil or to the right garden beds. This is a great option if you don’t have home-made compost yet.
- Badges or badges – Get them at your local grocery or nursery, or order online. Badge companies often have a wealth of knowledge in their catalogs and websites. Try seed companies with organic, non-GMO badges like Johnny’s or Seed Saver Exchange. Also check out online groups in your area as many gardeners will offer free or very cheap seeds!
- Something flat or pot – Most anything that retains the soil but has drainage holes will work! I’ve saved pots from past flower gardens or dug holes in yogurt containers. I’m also a fan of belly dishes because they are biodegradable.
There are many ways to plan your garden, but the experience is always the best teacher. Victory gardeners were definitely not all gardening experts!
When in doubt, place the seeds in the mud in the sun, water and see what happens!
I challenge you all to win your own gardens. Are you up to the challenge? What are you up to this year?