By Gene And Katie Hamilton
Look at any garden center and you’ll see how many of us are coping with the coronavirus pandemic by planting vegetables to create a victory garden to grow, nurture and enjoy them. During World War II Eleanor Roosevelt planted a victory garden on the White House lawn. Citizen gardeners followed her lead by planting in their yards and in community gardens producing more than 40% of American’s fresh vegatables and fruits.
These war gardens as they were called are reinvented with our current war against the coronavirus and inspire us to plant our own. A good source of information about what to plant and when, is a local garden center, where workers usually have a keen interest and experience growing flowers, bushes, fruit trees, and of course, vegetables, and know the soil and weather conditions best for producing a full crop of healthy food.
Here’s some general advice. To locate your victory garden choose an area with level ground that gets sunshine and rain. Many find a raised garden bed is ideal because you can position it in the best growing conditions and don’t have to do a lot of work down on your hands and knees. And get the kids involved, so you can watch the small sprouts grow.
To get an quick jump on planting edibles begin with a few herbs in a container or planter box, it’s a small start that will inspire you to plant more.
Amend the soil with compost and nutrients suggested by a local gardener or garden center advisor, and work the soil so it’s a rich mixture of fine material. If you’re an early adapter use seeds indoors following the suggestions from the grower information, better yet, choose starter plants. Feed and water the plants according to the label directions.
Walk around your neighborhood and look for signs of a thriving vegetable patch. If you see a gardeners working the soil in their yard, ask them questions. They’re usually happy to share their growing success and give you on the spot information about what plants grow well in your location.
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