Victory Gardens, We Need Them!

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The stock market is crashing, retirement funds are nonexistent, wars wage on across the world and unemployment is still high. The world seems a little bleak now a days. This is why as individuals and communities we need to do something about it!

Life has become hard for many, the bare essentials of life are difficult to attain for everyone, even in the most developed countries in the world. You could search and search for a solution that would bring everything back to a comfortable situation but even if you found it, history would repeat itself. So maybe the solution relies on a little bit of the past and the efficiency of the present in order to create a brighter future. What I’m talking about are Victory Gardens, we need them!

These garden term was born during the turbulent years of the world wars. They were meant to feed families at home so that more supplies could go overseas to soldiers. It was about sustainability, survival, sacrifice, community and patriotism! It may not solve all the problems of today but it would only offer benefits to life as we know it.



Old Video promoting Victory Gardens!

Benefits of Victory Gardens

  • The most important result of the incorporation of victory gardens back into our society is simple; it provides a source of food for residents, especially those who can’t regularly afford fresh fruits and vegetables. If the garden space is available and a person is willing to put in a little work here and there, a whole season worth of veggies could only cost a couple of dollars per seed packet!
  • In addition to providing a food source, Victory Gardens also provide educational value. These gardens can show people where our food comes from and how it grows. Future generations will benefit from this knowledge. Who knows, if more victory gardens take root the epidemic of obesity may slow.
  • Victory Gardens will also support the local food movement, increasing the sustainability and value of local communities, not to mention saving all the carbon and energy that is used to ship food across the world! If done on a large enough scale this will reduce United States oil consumption as well as weaken the ripple effects of natural disasters on food sources halfway around the world.
  • Finally the vegetation alone will create green space in cities, offering areas for relaxation, storm water management, reduction of urban heat island effect and for many areas just an overall better aesthetic . The benefits are countless!

"Your Victory Garden Counts More Than Ever!"
"Your Victory Garden Counts More Than Ever!" | Source
one of many posters during wwII that encouraged people to grow their own food
one of many posters during wwII that encouraged people to grow their own food | Source

The Modern Victory Garden

Some would say the local food movement is a modern victory garden and it could be. If it takes stress off the regional, national and global food structure, while supplying people with food, I’d say it’s a victory garden. The same can be said for the new urban farming movement and grow your own movements, all of these could be classified as victory gardens and victory gardens would fit within any one of these movements.

With the new use of social media inundating every person’s life on a daily basis, campaigns can be brought back and be more informative and effective then the very cool posters for the victory garden campaigns of the 1940’s. Blogs, Twitter and Facebook can spread the word, share pictures and experiences. Most importantly, social media can connect people and encourage them to start their own local victory garden. The application of social media to an old idea can be prosperous!

The only way to get the benefits is to take action! So start with a single pot of tomatoes or grab a shovel and dig out your yard planting every vegetable you love but when it comes down to it any implementation of growing some of your food will take pressure of the global structure, benefiting you, your family, and the earth. Ultimately we need to secure our food sources and learn where our food comes from and this can only be done through victory gardens, we need them!


Dig on to Victory!
Dig on to Victory! | Source

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My 2012 Victory Garden!

May 21, 2012: the Beginning of my victory garden!
May 21, 2012: the Beginning of my victory garden! | Source

My Victory Garden

Of course I have my own victory garden. For the last few years I have grown veggies in a my garden, which I have recently turned into a raised garden bed. I also grow a number of vegetables in containers on my deck. I have even moved beyond just growing veggies and have begun to grow blueberries, raspberries and blackberries in my backyard. The fruit is very easy to grow and absolutely delicious!

The best thing about a victory garden, is that it can be anything from a small pot of mixed salad greens to mini orchard! YOU make your victory garden into what you want it to be!

Check out more of my victory garden on my blog #GrowYourOwn My Vegetable Garden

My victory Garden at the end of July 2012
My victory Garden at the end of July 2012 | Source

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Comments 19 comments

Mark 5 years ago

That's a great article, thanks.

Growing your own is positive on so many levels. Best of luck to anyone inspired to try it.

Mark


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BWD316 5 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thanks Mark!


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Megan Kathleen 5 years ago from Los Gatos, CA

I love how you mix the historical with the present in this Hub. It would have been enough to mention the benefits of victory gardens (which you do so well), but then to bring in the social networking aspect? That's kind of brilliant.


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BWD316 5 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thanks Megan your comment is very kind. Im glad you picked up on the mixture of past and present, i really do think if more communication could be infused with the past idea of victory gardens, it would be something that wouldn't just be a fad, rather a new way of life!


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Megan Kathleen 5 years ago from Los Gatos, CA

I think I may try it. My yard is not the best place, but I may start with a small herb garden. And I took the advice and posted this Hub on my facebook. Maybe my friends will stop by and join in!


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BWD316 5 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thanks! That's awesome, every little bit helps! Even if everyone just grew one plant, collectively it would make a difference! I have a garden but i also grow tomatoes and lettuce in pots


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Marsha H 5 years ago from My Retro Kitchen in NY

We plant a garden each spring. I like knowing where my food comes from. I like knowing no pesticides were used in its production and no diesel fuel was used to haul it in. I like knowing that it's picked at its peak, and processed fresh.

This is a great hub, and I hope people take it to heart. +Up vote from me. :)


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BWD316 5 years ago from Connecticut Author

There's so many benefits to planting your own garden and the satisfaction that you are eating something you put the effort in to grow is awesome, thanks Marsha!


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Marsha H 5 years ago from My Retro Kitchen in NY

At one point, we raised just about everything that went onto our table. I even goats for milk.

We had pigs, cows, goats, chickens and turkeys, in addition to the garden.

With two of us working full time, it became difficult to manage and we eventually let the livestock go.

But as long as I'm physically able, I'll never give up the garden. Nope. They're going to have to pry that hoe from my cold, dead hands. :D


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BWD316 5 years ago from Connecticut Author

That's awesome, my garden is still small but I was glad to get a few whole meals that consisted of just vegetables I grew in the backyard, I'm hoping to expand it every year


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Marsha H 5 years ago from My Retro Kitchen in NY

Small's a good place to start.

Just remember to keep your tall plants to the North and you'll do okay. :D


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davenmidtown 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

A total hit! I shall share this hub with my followers!


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cmontijo 5 years ago from Somewhere in the World

That is so true we need to start creating our own gardens to lower our expenses, because the economy it's not good at all nowadays >.


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DeborahNeyens 5 years ago from Iowa

Hooray for this hub! Can't believe I haven't seen it before now. Thanks for the share, davenmidtown.


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BWD316 5 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thanks Davenmidtown and DeborahNeyens for such excited reactions I appreciate it! thanks for the comment and the share davenmidtown!

Cmontijo thanks for the comment, yeah it just makes sense to go back to people growing more of their own foods, espeically due to the economics.


Amy Johnson 4 years ago

This is a great approach to convincing those who see gardening as a seemingly "left-leaning" ideal rather as bipartisan activity we can all do to improve our families and this country's health.

I discuss this and recommended your article in my blog. http://realisticwellness.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/...

Thanks!!


Tommy's Woods 21 months ago

My son and I have a garden, a 12 by24 ft. greenhouse, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries. Its the only way to go.


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MG Seltzer 16 months ago from South Portland, Maine

This is GREAT. I totally agree with your ideas, including making green space in cities, helping people know where food comes from, and providing resources in case of emergency. Also, I really like the historic imagery you've added. I am working on a project based on the years 1938 to 1952 and these posters and artifcats are very helpful. You have some great examples that I've never seen till now. Thank you and thumbs up, of course.


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BWD316 16 months ago from Connecticut Author

Thanks MG Seltzer! I'm glad you enjoyed the article!

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