Is anyone going to grow a Victory Garden this spring?

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Is anyone going to grow a Victory Garden this spring?

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I just learned on Reddit about Victory Gardens during WWII. Hopefully the Current Situation doesn't persist into summer or fall, but is anyone planning on growing a Victory Garden?

I normally plant a few tomato plants, but I didn't last year. I was planning on it this year. My small raised garden box only accommodates three tomato plants. I had been thinking about expanding the box by 2-3x its current size, maybe more, now that I have one less tree providing shade in my back yard.

I'm guessing local greenhouses are having an unexpected surge in foot traffic like Home Depot and Lowe's are. I don't know if I can plant from seed, or if I need to get some grow lights and pot them and keep them somewhere in the basement. I don't know if I have the space or equipment for all of that. Some news articles are suggesting some online vendors are running low on seeds right now.

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I was already planning to have a garden well before this situation ever started, but I will certainly now refer to it as my "Victory Garden"!

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I've started clearing a couple of bits of my plot. Was going to get some more seeds today!! Last night the PM stopped all unnecessary travel, apart from essential food shopping we can't go out. So I'll just sow the seeds I have. :(

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I also read a story on victory gardens as well and was inspired. Broke ground on mine today. First garden, very excited about it!

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I plant tomatoes every year 6, 8 or sometimes 10 plants. I've got young kids and live in suburbia and I just want then to learn working in the dirt. And they do, they love picking and eating something that they grew from seed. They take pride in it and feel good giving the neighbors a few tomatoes too.


I like to grow a couple cherries and then mix it up between beefsteaks, Arkansas traveler and Cherokee purples. This year I've got a couple orange and yellow varieties I'm gonna try. I love colorful tomatoes if for nothing else than stunningly beautiful dishes.

I decided to try carrots in containers this year. Something the kids love to eat, it sounds like they're fast and pretty easy.

Anyway I bought some ferry morse seeds at Walmart a few weeks ago when they first setup the display. Well I went to that Walmart again a couple days ago and the seeds were pillaged! Hardly any vegetable seeds left but they still had plenty of flower seeds. I'm talking about an 8' long display cleaned out...like toilet paper.

I'd say it's on the minds of lots of folks!

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I had planned a vegetable garden and started it before CV started to get as serious (treated as serious?) as it is but I guess based on how this is going that yes, I will have a Victory Garden.

Started Beefsteak and Cherry Tomatoes, Cali Wonder peppers, jalapenos and cayenne indoors. Built up a SIP and got it filled out with mix yesterday. Going to be starting Kale, lettuce, arugala, spinach and peas. Hoping to get the seedlings transplanted by the end of the month, maybe a little earlier with the temps we've been having here.

Will likely put together some low raised beds as well to start up some berries as well.

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Just learned about Victory Gardens this morning, very cool! I currently have 8 pepper plants in our raised bed. Red, yellow, orange, and jalapeños as well as two better boy tomato plants. I want to plant some sweet corn as well, just trying to figure out the best place for a couple rows. Does anyone have experience growing corn?

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Corn is tough in a suburban garden. I've never had the same luck as family in the country that are able to plant a larger plot.

Corn seems like it doesn't like to grow on the edge and most suburban gardens only have a couple rows. Kinda like if you planted 5 rows wide the outside rows might give 1 ear ea, second row gives 2 ears and the center row produces 3 ears ea.

That's been my experience at least.

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Hit mine with roto tiler yesterday cant beat fall plowed ground and started laying plastic
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There's hippies around here that call themselves farmers with less crop space than that! Lol.

I have an aunt and uncle that have a similar size plot, she grows a full 2 rows of strawberries and puts up something like 50+ qt jars yearly.

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