During World War Two anyone with a plot of land had a victory garden, or vegetable gardens. Due to the worst economic recession since the mother of them all, the Great Depression, vegetable gardens have made a come back. Even the White House has a vegetable garden, now in its third year, planted by First Lady Michelle Obama on the South Lawn as part of her Let’s Move initiative. Michelle Obama enlisted the help of elementary students from local Washington, D.C. schools to plant the garden. The organic garden includes fruits and vegetables.
The author of a recent Washington Post article thinks that “there will come a time when we will need victory gardens on every block, in a post-industrial, post-global planet, when advancement is measured in localizing our world, not expanding it.” The author describes a front lawn as a “declaration that you didn’t have to farm anymore,” and suggest that it can be replaced “with a front-yard veggie garden that declares the age of the lawn over.” A front-yard vegetable garden would proclaim “concern for the environment and the world we pass on.”
Vegetable gardens are gaining in popularity. Just this past weekend, Milwaukee held a Victory Garden Initiative to kick off its yearly Victory Garden Blitz. The City of Houston encourages victory gardens. My nephew’s elementary school has a school garden.
Growing your own vegetables has benefits. Homegrown vegetables taste better than the kind sold in grocery stores. Besides providing better tasting produce, gardens also save money, a definite plus during an economic recession. A 2009 study found that the average gardener spends $70 a year on a vegetable garden and grows about $600 worth of vegetables.
Growing up in the country, everyone and their grandma had vegetable gardens, and at least one fruit tree in the yard. While it is sad that it has taken a down economy to popularize vegetable gardens, it is a definite plus for sustainability that people want to grow their own vegggies.