Judging by the number of Victory Gardens sprouting up around the country, we are a nation at war! It's the latest fad and a direct response to the prickly economic situation we're going through right now. There's a whole lot of good things to say about these gardens and newbie gardeners, and hopefully, they'll keep at it after better times return.
The first victory gardens grew during the dark days of World War II and the Extension Service was the guiding hand behind them. Fresh foods were tough to come by, if you lived in the city, and many items, including sugar and butter, were rationed. It was all to support the war effort. Growing your own garden gave you a chance to do something good for your family, do your part, and also teach your children some honest values.
After the peace, came prosperity, and with prosperity came complacence. Rural folks continued to garden, but many city folks turned to the new supermarkets that were coming onto the scene. Some urbanites continued to wield trowels and hoes and plant seeds, and these folks kept the dream alive.
Today, we've rediscovered our roots, so to speak. What was old is now new again, and even the White House has its victory garden. Let's hope these gardens continue, once good times return. Our connection to the earth is fundamental and is what sustains us. Working with the soil, nurturing and harvesting, give us a chance to reconnect with the rhythm of life.
Garden on, America!