Do you have a Victory garden?
Hey Guys and Gals,
I was curious if anyone was planting a Victory garden, and if so what it looks like?
What challenges have you faced, and what creative ways have you resolved them?
We have a very small backyard in Vegas and we rent, so that was the first hurdle. The second was both jobs went away when they shut Vegas down last week, so being thrifty was also in order. So far, we have planted tomatoes, strawberries, potatoes, salad greens, and some peppers. We use a variety of repurposed planters…from contractor buckets to water jugs, kiddy swimming pools to cat litter containers and more. Some are ground level, some are inverted and strung like lanterns. Here are some pics:
If they say that “”Necessity is the mother of invention”, then who’s the dad?
So, who else has one?
Thank you for the pictures, they’re inspirational. Well done and a big shout out.
I have expanded my garden efforts this year, but it is still cold here, so my garden is not very photogenic yet. So far I have 100sq ft of potatoes, which are just breaking above ground ( that is 100 potato plants) 50 sq ft of strawberry plants ( 50 plants); redoing the raspberry area; 6 red russian kale plants were fallplanted and just starting to be large enough that I can harvest some; only one fall planted brocolli survived and it is doing well, too young to bud yet; I have egyptian top set onions so green onion tops year round. In my seed starting area is tomato and pepper plants just popping up as well as more brasicas ( brocolli, bok choy, cabbage) . So far only one lettuce has surfaced, I hope the seed is still viable. A neighbor gave me some carrot sprouts that self seeded in her garden and I have transplanted some out. The garbanzo beans in the garden were eaten by birds. We got a cold snap and the sugar snap peas rotted in the ground, so I will need to try again. Storage onions are ready to transplant, but I stopped as it is so cold, icy rain, just this side of snow.
I will easily have enough onions, potatos, tomatoes fresh and canned, green vegetables, fruits, jams, to eat without need to buy anything, and should have extra to share out.
We do have a garden – it’s always a question which side gets the “victory”, me or the bugs/weather/fatigue – but it’s always worth it, always more food than we can cope with (dry it or share it). I posted some pictures over in dtrammel’s self-watering pots system, as our raised beds use a similar idea, so rather than repeat, here’s the link:
His tutorial on self-watering pots is FANTASTIC! If anyone hasn’t seen it, go study it.
Not yet! I am trying to plan something, though. We still have snow on the ground so it will be a while yet before I can get anything in the ground. I have ordered some heirloom seeds though and I will get them started indoors in little seed pots as soon as they arrive. I did set up a mini aquaponics system today though with a 3 gallon tank and 1 betta fish and microgreens growing on the top. I am pretty excited to see if that works out. I really like the bucket system everyone is using. I need to figure out a way to set up a garden that I can insulate from the deer, rabbits and groundhogs. I am going to need to set up some kind of a fence before I can plant anything outside. I was thinking about a couple of chickens but again need a very good fenced area because of the coydogs and foxes. What everyone has set up here is great. More pictures please everyone!
I have been building out my Victory Garden since the first video of the virus on Youtube. I too saw what China was doing and knew something BIG was happening. My family had moved to a new house in Central Florida about 3 years ago, leaving behind a 1/2 acre food forest I had built in the DFW area of TX prior (regret moving and letting go of that priceless investment I built). I was lazy in starting up a new food forest here in Florida as other things (work and career) took priority. But, when I saw what was happening, my priorities changed. Been busting my tail trying to get everything in place with the smaller back yard I now have.
That said… I have a HUGE ask of this community. My HOA is giving me grief about my garden and fruit trees. They are so obsessed with their grass, oak and palm trees, that they just don’t get the value that growing your own food brings. My HOA ARB head is saying that growing food will only bring in wildlife and leave a mess. I am unable to get my HOA to approve a back-yard garden. Hell… I can’t get them to approve 8 plum, pluot, peach and prune trees I’m trying to plant on my side property shared with a neighbor (who wants me to plant the fruit trees). How the hell can we get the governors of various states to castrate HOA boards and allow people to leverage their own land to feed themselves? This would take a huge burden off the current supply chain and ensure there is enough food for everyone. If I have to buy food at my grocery store… that means some American can’t get that item from the store if I buy it. Welcome to supply side economics. I actually know what I am doing and am trying to help others get setup with their own gardens. But, at every step, I run into stupid people in power positions trying to dis-empower me and others from protecting myself/themselves and my/their families…
I have created a white house petition to allow for the return of Victory Gardens:
If even a small group of Americans start to grow their own food, this would leave more for others in the grocery stores. If you believe that these petitions work, please sign…
Thanks! Keep safe!
Rich-Maverick – that sounds like a hellish, not to mention weird situation. What’s an HOA, anyway? (Sorry, different country, so different acronyms.) Presumably no chance of talking this through? (Suitably distanced…)
BTW, the other half of victory gardens is food storage for the winter. I’m wondering what methods people have used for this? I’ve toyed with the idea of a root cellar, but here in the Pacific Northwest, leaving roots in the ground with a thick mulch often works just as well, taking less work and space. I dry things like onions and tomatoes, or stew and freeze them, and store squash in odd spaces in our garage pantry (stays cool/cold and dry, but doesn’t freeze.) Somehow never got around to canning, so that’s a skill yet to learn. Others?
Here are photos of our victory garden. It is located in the local “community garden.” We have a 20′ x 40′ space and rented it for $57.00 for the year. Water is from a well and free! Since we live in a townhouse and the HOA doesn’t allow us to plant in the common area, we had to rent a space over by the airport…It’s located right along beside the runway! There are 90 plots in this community garden. The land is owned by the county and managed by the airport. We were fortunate enough, last Saturday, to rent the last plot available. It was covered in muscadine vines (which I spent a full day digging up the stumps and roots) and had not been used as a garden for 3 years.
We have worked it now for one week and planted okra, banana peppers, yellow bell peppers, green bell peppers, egg plants, cucumbers, cantelopes, ichiban zuchini, yellow straight neck squash, green beans lima beans, radishes and lots of marigolds to ward off the insects. We have some white potatoe eyes to plant tomorrow.
This is our first garden, and has been a really great learning experience!
Beautiful, nice job Steve!
Looking forward to seeing pictures of your garden in its full glory.
I had the opportunity to borrow a Honda FG110 Mini-Tiller to do the final cultivating of my garden space before planting. It wasn’t used for the heavy lifting. The heavier work was done with a full sized (26″) cultivator. But, the final work was done with the FG110. It has a 9″ tilling width. This worked really good. I plan to use it to till between the rows to keep the weeds down in the future. It is a great tiller for the fine work.