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Our Victory Garden

June 10, 2008

Over my birthday weekend/ Memorial Day we planted a small garden in our back yard. We went with the raised bed approach and made a bed about 8 feet x 2 1/2 feet x 2 feet tall. We did this because it feels really good to be able to grow your own food and it allows for some bonding time with mother nature. My wife and I go out to the garden nearly every night to check on the progress of the plants. We planted some seeds and it is exciting to see them sprout and grow. We have peppers, tomatoes, green beans, carrots, cucumber, potatoes, and cilantro. I call it our victory garden.

From Wikipedia: The term Victory gardens, also called war gardens or food gardens for defense, were vegetable, fruit and herb gardens planted at private residences in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom during World War I and World War II to reduce the pressure on the public food supply brought on by the war effort. In addition to indirectly aiding the war effort these gardens were also considered a civil “morale booster” — in that gardeners could feel empowered by their contribution of labor and rewarded by the produce grown. Making victory gardens became a part of daily life on the home front.

Our garden today does many of the same things. With rising gas prices everyone is feeling the checkbook crunch. We are doing our part to reduce the demand and hopefully ease the pain at the pump. We certainly feel a morale boost as well when the plants are healthy and especially when we are able to use the produce we are creating.

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