Victory Garden Home Tour

By Holly Giles | Simple Living


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What is a victory garden?

The victory garden of the 1940s has made a comeback with full force. Families are looking for food sources they had not thought of before, which is exciting news for gardening.

What was the victory garden during WWII?

During world war II, the government was reverting large manufacturing to war efforts and supplies. In turn, the government asked citizens to do their part by growing food and raising a few backyard hens if possible. This started a movement of neighbors feeding neighbors and a sense of being part of the solution. The victory garden was born out of necessity and America pulling together during a time of need.

In our modern times, we have moved away from everyone growing a little food and having some control over our food sources. Instead, we rely on big companies and a handful of factories to provide what lands on our table. At some point, the supply chain will fail. Many factors can create a chain of events that will strain the way the average American buys food.

Are victory gardens still used today?

Now is the time to focus on changing how to source your family’s food. Making big changes will most likely result in anxiety and an inability to follow through. If you take one thing at a time, you will make significant changes over time. No matter where you live, you can have a role in some part of your food supply. From apartment dwellers to suburban life, there is one food item you can grow.

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How to create a victory garden

Find what is doable for your family. You may not be interested in a full-fledged garden, but you may enjoy growing some herbs for cooking. Find another friend who is considering making changes and cheer each other on. Maybe you each grow something different and share. Please find a local family providing a farmer’s market-style service and support them by purchasing their harvest. There are many ways to make positive changes in your food source without growing it yourself.

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  • Look for local sources for things you already buy at a large chain.
  • Inquire about local farms that harvest their chicken or beef.
  • Visit small markets with family growers. Put your dollars in your community growers.

Remember that quality may not be cheap. Not long ago, families spent 60% of their income on groceries. Can you imagine? Mass production and government subsidies are what make cheap food possible. However, it doesn’t make it better or the best thing for your family. Reducing extra luxuries for quality food is the best investment in your family’s health and future.

Creating your own victory garden is within your reach. Set goals and take one step at a time. The results will surprise you!


About the Author

Holly Giles is a wife, mother, and storyteller. As an author and Florida Master Naturalist, she writes about heritage homemaking skills, motherhood, and why Florida offers the best hidden natural gems to explore as a family.