Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Victory Garden

In the American lifestyle(and no doubt in other countries as well now) it is now so very, very easy to find so many easy options for breakfast, lunch, dinner. So much of the foods we now consume come in paper, plastic, cartons, and bags and require very little preparation/thought if any on the part of the consumer.
But..in the long run what is all of this "super convenience" really doing to the health of all of us?
( and studies show that diseases like diabetes and more have nearly doubled in the last 10 yrs!)
So much for our fast, easy, convenient life style huh?
Anyhow... so..I for one will begin growing a lot of my families fruits and veggies when I get located to a new home.I want to know where our food is coming from..and how it is grown.
I have for quite a while been fascinated with things like growing heirloom varieties of fruit, vegetables, flowers.
Types of seed that are not genetically modified by big whig companies that think they have to control America's crops and use pesticides on seeds and hybridize everything.
But my interest is in saving the heirlooms..the true to strain varieties of seed that have been passed on from generation to generation of good old fashioned farmers and families whose aim was/is to preserve the proper ways of farming and growing food, and not tainted by who knows what kind of pesticide/chemical
So with that goal in mind I have been collecting seed for several years now. Flower seed, vegetable seed and herb seeds.
I whole heartily believe in saving and growing these untainted seeds...and preserving a way of life former workers of the land strove to preserve and pass on to other generations that would come to understand just how important preserving these things really is..
So..with that in mind..and if you too believe that providing food for your family..where you know where your food is coming from, and how it is grown/and knowing that it is not hybridized or tainted by who knows what type of new pesticide now... is important to the health and well being of your family and yourself...
I'd like to share with you a few websites about the Victory Gardens of the past.About a time when having a garden in the backyard was a pretty "NORMAL" thing.
Having a garden/growing your own vegetables does not mean you have to have a large area of land to do so.
You can grow plenty of food in a 10 by 10 square area or less, in pots, on a balcony, just because you do not have acreage should in no way be a deterrent.
First up..I'd like to share with you a link to a War Times Victory Garden Manual(copyright 1919) Some of the information in it is still useful today:
And a 1944 copy of a Victory Garden manual:


~Happy Gardening~
(Image courtesy of Victory Garden Public Domain image)


  1. I love your new blog!! I love the header!! I'm adding it to my list of favorites.

  2. Hey Pam
    what a great idea...I love all the info in one place. I too have been gardening for better food choices. Last year was our first year and we learned a lot but know we still have a way to go. I will link to you so I don't miss anything. It is also so beautifully presented. Great job! Unique idea.

  3. This blog looks like it's going to be full of wonderful ideas! Thanks for visiting and telling me about it! I will be back!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

  4. Lookin good Tina! I'll be back as I plan for our 2 acres that has never been touched! When I fist saw the title to your new blog, it reminded me of the old PBS show, The Victory Garden, I watched it all the time! Good luck!

  5. I will be a frequent visitor as i love gardening and also interested in vintage plants of all kinds. Your blog looks very interesting...will be doing some reading today i see! thanks for vsiting my blog and letting me know of your new one...cindy

  6. Thank you for directing me to your sites...I can't wait to have a vegetable patch of my own one day and a very merry christmas to you too!
    Susannah (Malphhi) x

  7. Tina,
    You did it again! Perfect!
    I'm just going to follow you...you seem to be "directed" in your pursuits.
    I'm coordinated "Your Victory Garden" event sponsored by our church women's group for our community Feb. 5th. I'll look to you for continued inspiration!

  8. Tina, great new blog. Love it. When the kids were little I always had a garden but now--it's just me. I do grow tomatoes though and a few other things.
    One thing I learned about with a veggie garden and kids is that they learn to like food they thought they didn't like. It's true.
    Keep plowing through..........MB

  9. Tina good job. It looks like the new blog is a hit. I am a gardener as you know and I really love the spring when we can get out and get the beds ready and plant. I am as organic as I can be in my garden, But hubby loves the weed killers. It is a real battle to keep him away fom my area if he see weeds. Take care. TTFN

  10. I love the tomato header.Good luck with the new blog. It looks great

  11. Great idea! I sure wish our government would return to the Victory Garden concept of the WWII era. I think it'd be easy to market using those "vintage" posters too!

    We'll be putting in a new garden here within the next couple of weeks. I'll be back for more of the great info you've shared. Thanks for posting links to these awesome manuals. They will be a great addition to our "homestead" library. :-)

  12. Love your comments about container gardening or just having your kitchen herbs in pots on the deck - will be watching for more ideas.