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V is for Victory Garden

May 28th, 2011 at 06:31 am

During World War II, many people planted small gardens and called them Victory Gardens. With rationing and shortages, people wanted to show victory over the enemies, and probably victory over hunger.

My husband is a World War II buff. (He also likes the history of the Civil War and Lincoln.) His dad fought during WWII and was actually under George Patton. Bet you can guess who my husband's hero is, but that's another post. My husband's dad and my parents also almost always had a small garden of sorts during the summer. They still referred to it as a Victory Garden although the war had long been over.

Humans are creatures of habit and although we aren't fighting the Axis powers, we still call our garden a Victory Garden. Unfortunately we have to have it in the front yard because the back yard is too shady. Hubby has planted tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, lettuce, radishes, and herbs. We had our first radish about a week ago. It would have been sooner except a bunny thought my husband had planted this wonderful garden all for him and he chewed the radishes and lettuce to the ground. Hubby bought some non toxic rabbit repellent and started over. Maybe he can claim "victory" over the rabbit.

There's something exciting about having your own vegetables. I've already used some onions and lettuce as well as some herbs. I'm looking forward to a summer and fall of wonderful things.

I guess our victory will be won over high grocery prices and junk food.

How about you? Are you planting a Victory Garden?

2 Responses to “V is for Victory Garden”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    Yes, my husband has already planted our victory garden. My father also served in both WWI (he was a teenager and lied about his age) and WWII. He was stationed in both Germany and France.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Ima, I think too many people have forgotten about Victory Gardens and soldiers. We watched the news about the groups taking the WWII soldiers (men and women) to the WWII memorial in DC -- here they call it an honor flight, but different states have different names. I think it is wonderful some folks do remember.

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