Victory Garden – Is it Needed Now?

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Is there a need to start growing a victory garden? With recent events, it is no secret that many are considering a return to growing their own food at home.

victory gardens plot of veggies

What is a Victory Garden?

So what exactly are victory gardens? And why should we get back to growing them?

Let’s go over a little bit of a history lesson…briefly.

Victory gardens are also known as war gardens or food gardens for defense. They were popular in the United States and United Kingdom during the World Wars 1 & 2. And especially during the Second World War.

But they were also popular in Canada and other countries.

During the wars, governments promoted victory gardens as a way to supplement rations and to help boost morale.

Those without land or city dwellers got creative. They grew in window boxes and on rooftops of apartment buildings.

Why is it Needed Now?

With an uncertain future, many people are starting to look to growing their own food. Searches for starting a garden and victory gardens are up over 10X currently on Pinterest.

There has been limits on grocery purchases as stores try to rebuild supply.

And uncertainty with what will happen with the economy due to stay at home orders, have many people wondering if they should grow their own food.

transplanting vegetables to the garden

How to Get Started

Our plan this year is to grow a year’s worth of vegetables following The Family Garden Plan.

And of course, food preservation is key to making that happen for the winter months.

Related: Beginner’s Guide to Canning and Preserving

If you’re completely new to gardening, you should determine your garden growing zone. This will help you to learn what to grow for your area.

Next, you should look at spaces that you have to grow. Get creative!

Can you grow in containers? Also, consider varieties that grow vertically to save space.

What about growing climbing vegetables along the fence line?

You may also want to consider fast growing vegetables.

Think of creative spaces and containers to get started. Here are several ideas for creating raised garden beds using up cycled items: Creative Upcycled Planter Ideas

climbing sweet peas on a trellis

Seeds vs Transplants

Another thing to consider, should you start with seeds or buy transplants?

Consider the areas you have in your home to start seeds. Some varieties need warmth to germinate. They should be in a well lit area or use of a grow light to help them get started.

In years where things are extra busy, like with pregnancies or raising babies, I have preferred gardening with transplants.

But I also love creating a plant from a seed too.

So, just weigh your options and what will work best for your space and gardening goals.

Where to Buy Seeds and Transplants

I have sourced plants and seeds from a variety of places over the years. I’m sharing just a few of my favorites to help you when you’re beginning.


Seed Savers Exchange

Siskiyou Seeds

Johnny’s Seeds

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds


Azure Standard

Fruit Trees:

Raintree Nursery

Of course, you could always check your local nursery or garden center. This list is my preferred online sources that I’ve had a lot of success.

I really do think it is a great opportunity for many people to return to basics a bit. And to grow more of their own food so we can be better prepared for future emergencies.

Are you planning on growing your own food this year? Comment below!

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