Victory Gardens or war gardens were planted by the civilian populations of Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany during World War I and II.
In 1917, Charles Lanthop Pack organized the National War Garden Commission in the United Kingdom. Food production had fallen significantly during the war as farm labourers had been recruited and farm land was devastated by the conflict. The movement spread to other countries involved in the war effort.
Victory Gardens were planted in backyards, in apartment rooftops, and community gardens were grown in vacant lots. Rationing of canned food was imposed during the war. These gardens enabled the citizens to supplement their ration quotas and to make a contribution on the home front with their labour and the extra produce that was now available for the fighting troops.
If you grow your own garden today, you can save money instead of rationing coupons. As in war times you can ensure your family a safe and secure food supply.
Just a reminder that the Elgin County Master Gardeners are at the library on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. for their free program “Secrets of Vegetable Gardening.” All of the details can be found on our blog post – “Secrets to Successful Vegetable Gardens