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The Rising Popularity of Vegetable Gardens

The Rising Popularity of Vegetable Gardens

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.


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3:34AM PDT on Jul 5, 2011

Where there is a will there is a way. A few flower pots are enough to raise vegetables for a small family.Talking from my experience.

12:01PM PDT on Jun 18, 2011

Vegetable gardens are very popular in Bulgaria.

2:07PM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

Don't have a yard, but my balcony is full of potted veggies, herbs & flowers.

10:10AM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

Veggie gardens rock!
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8:14AM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

For those who live where the soil is not the best, try a straw bale veggie garden. Most people can get a bale or two of straw or hay and veggies thrive with the addition of a little good compost and water! Best of all you don't need to bend down!

6:38AM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

Would love a veggie garden but I live in So Florida and the soil in my yard is mostly sand and construction debris. I will try a container garden but not sure how to begin.

3:08PM PDT on Jun 14, 2011

I don't have a lawn, but my deck is filling up with potted vegetables and herbs. I'm trying! :)

5:42AM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

We decided to expand our front yard vegetable garden this year. We are replacing every blade of grass with a beautiful Permaculture garden of 100% edible plants, bushes, veggies, fruits, flowers, etc including a pond (fed with rainwater from our roof) with edible reeds etc. Really looking forward to more radical sustainability - and we live on the edge of downtown in a commuter town on the edge of one of canada's largest cities.

7:47PM PDT on Jun 7, 2011

My mother has a bug garden at my brother's place. She enjoys it & gardening has always been a big part of her life. As a child, her father died before his youngest daughter was born & my grandmother raised 13 children on her own. They were very poor & grew/raised almost everything they needed. Mo pesticides, etc. My Mom runs circles around everyone at over 70 years old. I love the sweet corn & cucumbers & all the other wonderful things that come from her garden. It is the only affordable way to eat organic foods.

1:23PM PDT on Jun 7, 2011


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