Weekend Life * Victory Garden

Saturday is all about getting outdoors ! And today I am posting about victory gardens : History, what I am planting this summer.

Victory gardens, also called war gardens or food gardens for defense, were vegetable, fruit, and herb gardens planted at private residences and public parks in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Germany during World War I and World War II.

How did Victory Gardens help the war effort?During World War IIVictory Gardens were planted by families in the United States (the Home Front) to help prevent a food shortage. This meant food for everyone! Planting Victory Gardens helped make sure that there was enough food for our soldiers fighting around the world.

So instead of going to the store for herbs and vegetables you can stop outside and pick them fresh.

Now a new generation is planting them : Here’s some tips on how –

“The first step to creating victory garden, no matter the dimensions, is figuring out where you get the most sunlight

Once you’ve identified a sunny spot, assess how much space you actually have available for planting, It can be big or small and make sure you test the soil before planting or in containers use good container soil.

Light and space dictate what you can grow, but you should only plant what you’ll eat Unless you are planting to give away.

Check the back of each seed packet to determine your plant-hardiness zone, and when you can sow the seeds In Louisiana -I have to consider plants that can stand up to the summer heat . (in the garden center I look for plants breed for Louisiana climate)

Once you’re settled on where, when and what to grow,you’re ready to plant. Fill your container with organic soil and some fertilizer, making sure it’s “deep enough to accommodate a few more inches of soil — both in perimeter and depth — than your plant requires

In Louisiana :

My containers with have tomatoes , bell peppers,hot peppers,egg plant and squash- with pole beans and cucumbers on the fence line. With a large container of Herbs that I will use fresh and dry for the fall. Lisa

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