5 Steps to Creating Your Victory Garden
During the World Wars, Victory Gardens were planted to minimize demand on an overburdened, wartime public food system. Citizens were encouraged to grow fruits and vegetables in their yards so that more of the foods processed through farmlands could be shipped to soldiers engaged in war.
In the face of today's war against the Covid-19 pandemic, consider a Victory Garden of your own as a way of heralding the arrival of Spring while getting some much needed time out-of-doors and gaining knowledge about foods you eat.
Here are 5 steps to create your Victory Garden:
1. Location, Location, Location
Obviously, a sunny patch of soil in your yard is ideal. But, many of us live in apartments or in homes that do not have yards. In that case, consider creating your Victory Garden in containers such as pots or window boxes. You might consider mixing it up a bit and plant some edibles among the flowers in the pots on your front porch or steps. Get creative with the space you have.
2. Be In The Zone
The USDA Hardiness Zone is a guide for what will grow in different areas. You will find the zone listed on seeds, seedlings and plants. Our area is in Zone 6. Choose seeds and plants that are expected to flourish in Zone 6.
3. Review & Pick
Review your grocery bill. Then, pick those vegetables or fruits that tend to be the more expensive items on your bill. Growing those items will ensure two things: you will eat the item you grow and it will reduce your grocery bill. Reminder: be sure to choose plants that are expected to flourish in Zone 6 and pay attention to the amount of spacing, sunlight and moisture each plant requires to assure they are conducive to the location you have chosen for your Victory Garden [see #1 & #2 above].
4. Design It On Paper
Draw a design plan for your Victory Garden showing the location of each plant you intend to grow. Not only will this help you when you plant your seeds, it will serve as a guide to remind you of the location of each plant when the seeds begin to sprout.
5. Seeds & Plants
Now that you’ve decided on your location, zone and plants to grow….you need seeds. Seed catalogs are usually the cheapest source for seeds and plants and there are quite a few out there. One of my favorites is Fedco Seeds. In addition to inexpensive seeds, they also sell reasonably priced tools or equipment you may require.
We hope to soon be victorious over CoVid-19 and, in approximately 60-90 days, you will be enjoying the fruits of your labor from your Victory Garden….literally!