During World War I and World War II, it was very common for people to grow a Victory Garden. These gardens were grown to relieve some of the pressure on the public food supply that was brought on by the war effort. But also these gardens provided a morale booster for those on the home front. A way for those at home to contribute to the war effort and provide themselves with food.
Here at the yardstead we have unfortunately seen several of our friends layed off during the current economic crisis. We have been thinking about how we could help our friends and our communtiy on limited resources during this time. We were thinking of an inexpensive way to contribute to our own as well as others self sufficiency during hard times. A victory garden seems to be one of the best ways we can help ourselves and our community. The produce we grow will provide food for ourselves and any extra can be given to our friends or donated to the local food bank.
For those urban or yardsteaders that have very little land, we challenge you to take a long hard look at your flower beds and small flower containers. These small areas in front and on the sides of a home can be converted to vegetable production with ease. We are not advocating digging up all your ornamentals. We just want you to take a look at any extra space between your rose bushes for other vegetables. There are many companies such as Johnny's selected seeds and Seeds of change that print seed catalogs with beautiful pictures of vegetables. Many of the these vegetables would look great growing in flower beds. There are also many varieties sold now that grow great in small containers with limited space (such as an apartment patio).
For those yardsteaders that have half an acre or a quarter of an acre, you have plenty of room for a small rectangular or square vegetable garden. As we all cut back in order to save money and make ends meet through the difficult economic situation we must be more creative to help ourselves.