What would you plant in your Victory Garden? Here are some ideas from the ThriftyFun community for edible landscaping and things you can grow in a small space that provide food you would normally have to buy? Start planning your spring garden today and post your own ideas below.
Also keeping whatever you can growing into the fall and winter is good by protecting the plants so they produce longer. There is a good article online about stretching your gardening season (link below.)
Victory gardens were designed to be a source of food for people during WWII. My husband and I now live in an apartment in Texas where we don't have the kind of space that I had in Iowa. We have a patio now. Another variety of tomatoes that works well in containers in Window Box Romas. Tiny Tom is another variety of cherry type tomatoes. Tomatoes like nitrogen rich fertilizers. The Indians used to fertilize their tomatoes with fish heads. Now it is possible to buy fish emulsion in garden supply stores.
Many herbs grow well in containers. Tomatoes do particularly well when planted with basil, nasturtiums and marigolds. Leaf lettuces probably do better in containers.
As for corn, I seriously doubt that corn would work in a container mainly because in order for it to work, you have to plant five parallel rows so that they can cross pollinate one another. That is, if you are wanting to grow sweet corn; seed corn (used for animal feed) shouldn't cross pollinate, and in order to prevent that from happening, the crop has to be detassled. Corn requires copious amounts of space, as do cucumbers, zucchini, pumpkins, melons and squash. They tend to spread and need space in which to spread.
Strawberries have been known to grow in containers, but they usually don't bear fruit until the second year.
By By skbeal
My Garden? A few tomato and bell pepper plants along with about 6 large sunflowers, for the birds. I wish you all a learning time with our Earth. Plant on!
By Mr. Thrifty
Growing a Victory Garden
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I'm focusing on the very best tomatoes this year simply because of what George Washington Carver has said about how nutritious they are:
Also I ran across a man who's dad in Poland grew tomatoes and raised their family very well just from doing this in two small green houses. His ideas are just amazing and he swears he has THE answer on
how to grow them best. I have some great ideas on just how to expand on his ideas and perhaps improve on past experience?
I just hauled over 300 used bricks from a man who was ripped off by some fly-by-night bricklayer, and who was tossing them and starting over. I am nearly dead from the labor in trying to make a brick path
in my wild herb garden. It still needs a LOT of work, but the bricks were free. I might have to redo them since he says a huge pile of sand is free for the taking too, and he lives only two blocks from my house, so I might get some help and haul 10-12 buckets of sand back to put under my brick path.
My goal is also to raise Swiss Chard again, which is yummy, Malibar Spinach, Romain lettuce, Cilantro and Parsley for my house-bunny and Mexican dishes, Crooked neck and Zuccini Squash, Small cucumber,
short carrots, Basil, more Hyacinth Beans (I ate every last one and never got even slightly ill !), and I'm trying my hand at Sugar Baby small watermelon and Cantaloupe out of a bale of hay I found. All of my herbs are still doing great, and I hope to have more Okra (Southern favorite), and three colors of Peppers, if I'm lucky.
This is what I would have in a Victory Garden. I gave up beauty for practicality LONG ago, although I was rewarded, after spreading coffee grounds beneath my poodled 20 year old Boxwood, with the most unusual blooms/delightful fragrance I've ever smelled. They LOVE coffee grounds!!
I plan to plant veggies all through the beds and in the French planting style: closer together than recommended, and among flowers I have, French two color Marigolds, many varieties of dwarf Iris, and the blooming herbs of Society Garlic, Lemon Balm, and Comfrey.
I keep nuturing my apple tree but without LOTS of apples, wondering what I could do to increase the crop since the variety is so wonderful, just sparse? It's a dwarf tree and very healthy, but seems to drop blooms too easily. Anyone have ideas?
Remember that ordinary CLOVER is edible, should we NEED a Victory Garden. It tastes like lemons. Wild Wood Violets, Pansies, Roses and Nasturtiums are edible but require getting used to.
Good luck and God bless the USA here and abroad.
I guess I would plant food in every available space. What we couldn't use, our elderly or disabled friends would. If there was just a flower bed, the flowers would mostly have to go. There is nothing prettier than a border of parsley (did you know it makes good tea?) surrounding taller greens, tomato and pepper plants, or even potato plants. If I had room for only one tree, it would be an apple. I would choose a long-storing variety, so we could have fresh fruit in the winter. I would also make juice, pies and apple sauce. For the space it provides, one fruit tree gives bushels of food after just a few years. If I only had a pot in a sunny window, I would put whatever works for the climate. Here in Idaho, we've done well with green onions, chard and lettuce, although we have to be careful not to bring in a single aphic. I read about a man in Texas who had a huge hot pepper plant. He was giving away tons to his neighbors, and it was all from one pot! Using your noggin, you can really produce a lot of food in a little space.
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