Sow for Victory

| 5/15/2013 11:44:57 AM

Tags: Gardening, Victory Gardens, World War II, Growing Food, Meredith Skyer,

Meredith SkyerLet’s take a little field trip back to 1943.   Go ahead and hop in those time machines!  We’re going to explore the day and age when the world was at war and our food supply was in peril.

American Life in 1943 

Think about this: the average family in 1943 was living on $29.00 a week.  Food staples were rationed out to families in order to provide for the troops.   As you can imagine, fresh fruits and vegetables were in short supply.  In order to keep the nation from starvation, the US Government encouraged folks to help out in any way that they could.  Propaganda posters popped up in every town urging families to plant ‘Victory Gardens’ to provide their own produce. 

War Gardens for Victory 

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Tammy @ Our Neck of the Woods
5/22/2013 7:27:58 PM

Great post, Meredith! I have always been fascinated by victory gardens and had no idea that they produced 40% of all veggies grown during that time! It would be amazing if those numbers were still the same today. I think more people are getting into gardening lately, but maybe we need some new propaganda posters to encourage more gardeners! :)

5/22/2013 4:13:38 PM

Hi Dave! Thanks so much for the warm welcome. That's so great to hear that your neighbors are all gardening in the city as well! We're always amazed at how much we can grow in such a small space. Sounds like you're keeping busy in your garden, it's wonderful that you can grow such a huge variety!

5/19/2013 12:07:19 AM

Meredith, welcome to the GRIT blogging community. Yeah, maybe we should start putting up posters to bring back the victory gardens. Almost every one of my neighbors in my urban neighborhood has at least a tomato plant with maybe a green pepper and a few herbs or berries in their backyard. I have four raised beds that will grow tomatoes, green peppers, carrots, lettuce, radishes, chard, broccoli, cabbage, and green beans. My bigger garden is a few miles away and will have sweet corn, pumpkins, potatoes, squash, eggplant, and zucchini. Have a great day in the garden.

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