This weekend, I am going to start my seeds for my own "Victory Garden." Recently, there was a blog on the Spark Blogs about how in WW11, many families planted gardens, and they were aptly named Victory Gardens. London, I believe, started the "trend" as many people didn't have enough food because of rationing from all the bombing, etc.
My Victory Garden is so named because I want fresh produce, herbs, and edible flowers to eat, and cut flowers for my table and house! This is a victory for me because of health reasons (mine and my husband's) I haven't been able to keep up with my garden for about 5 summers! So it is a bit overgrown with grass and some weeds, but mostly neglect. Luckily, I have many, many containers that I can grow vegetables and herbs in while I amend the soil at my own pace.
This will give me plenty of exercise in the fresh air, release lots of endorphins
and just make me happy all over. I am the type of person who would rather be outside "playing in the dirt" than inside doing whatever! The only thing that could induce me inside is a good book , my sewing machine, or a downpour of rain.
Because of a change in our water table, I will make 2 raised beds. Our back yard has become quite "boggy" which is fine if we were going to grow plants that like their "feet" wet, but most herbs and veggies don't. So up they go! The lake in our subdivision, developed a sink hole about 2 years ago and that's when our water problems began. The government got involved and supposedly fixed it - the lake is full again - but our yard is soggy. So, go figure!
But, I need the exercise, the raised gardens will be pretty - cedar - the same as our fences - and they will be built for us. I will help run the wheelbarrows and spread the dirt and compost. I also will have to overturn the sod in the overgrown smaller gardens along the fences (2). All good exercise!
So if you want join me in planting a Victory Garden - even if it is a container garden with a potted tomato plant! I have something growing, too! I just don't know what it is yet. Remember to mark your seedlings!