During World War I and II people around the world grew Victory Gardens at home and in public parks. The gardens not only contributed to an uncertain food supply but also boosted morale. And now during the Coronavirus Pandemic it seems that victory gardens are making a comeback. Seeds and garden supplies have been flying off the shelves of home improvement stores and online seed sales are way up (someone said seeds are the new toilet paper!). Whether you have land for a large garden, access to a community garden, a small raised bed, a city fire escape, or just a window sill, there is something magical about planting your own seeds and watching them grow. Gardening also gives us the opportunity to really understand seasonal food, eat a little healthier, and feel connected to our meals in a mindful way.
Even with limited time, money, and space there are ways to garden. Here are some simple options to try:
You can start a garden with leftover vegetable scraps in glass jars with water and eventually transfer them to soil if you want. Lettuce, onions, scallions, celery, basil and more will continue to grow with a little care. (Here’s a good “How To” video)
Quick and easy to grow in a glass jar. You are probably familiar with alfalfa sprouts, but did you know you can sprout radish, lentils, mustard, soy beans, beets, peas, broccoli, sunflower and wheat berries? Soaking and sprouting seeds (nuts and grains too) increases their nutrient density and also makes them more digestible. (Here’s a good “How To article)
Indoor hydroponic herb garden
If you want a little help, you can buy (or make!) a hydroponic set up to grow herbs and vegetables in your kitchen. With soil, seeds, and light, you don’t even need a sunny spot (I have one and love it). (Here’s a good one – but there are many options!)
If you have the space for a “real” garden, it might be a little late to start from seed, but you can buy seedlings from local farmers, trade with neighbors, or get down to your local nursery. Happy Victory Gardening!