VICTORY GARDENS


“Victory gardens, also called war gardens or food gardens for defense, were vegetable, fruit, and herb gardens planted at private residences and public parks in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Germany during World War I and World War II. [Wikipedia].”



WHAT SIZE SHOULD MY GARDEN BE

A victory garden is not subject to a certain size. Rather, it can be successful within the space you have. Maybe you only have space to grow a few tomato plants or a row of cucumbers. On the other hand, you may have an area that allows you to grow a garden which includes many varieties of vegetables and herbs.


Container gardening is not out of the question and qualifies as a garden. It can be made possible on a patio and within

  • large planters or even 5 gallon buckets (with a hole punched in the bottom for drainage]. Actually any container will work as long as it has drainage; or

  • in hanging baskets [I’ve seen people successfully plant their squash in hanging baskets]


GET CREATIVE WITH WHERE YOU PLANT

A garden is a personal thing, and with that comes the privilege and joy of making it just like you want it. You may want to have a standard 6 x 6 ft plot or a garden area with only three long rows. Or you may want to designate an area and mark it with stakes and string or get elaborate and put stones around it. Also, planting along fences is a good idea for supporting climbing vegetables like cucumbers or peas. Just make sure wherever you plant has easy access to water.


WHAT TO GROW IN MY GARDEN

March is an excellent time in Central Florida to start a garden. If you would like help in determining when to plant, here is a great link from Urban Farmers that utilizes great graphs and charts https://www.ufseeds.com/learning/planting-schedules/florida-vegetable-planting-calendar/


Ten vegetables you can start out with: Carrots, tomatoes, green beans, radishes, cucumbers, green onions, garlic, peppers, spinach, and lettuce.

Five Herbs to grow: Basil, oregano, mints, chives, and parsley.


HELP WITH MY GARDEN

If you are a novice to gardening, I suggest the following University of Florida website which is dedicated to Gardening Solutions. It should point you in the right direction: https://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/edibles/vegetables/


Another website, Florida Gardening.com, has a great link for beginning gardeners: https://www.flgardening.com/florida-vegetable-gardening/


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