Grow Your Own Victory Garden With These 5 Tips
Victory Gardens are making a comeback! Just like people began to understand the importance of growing their own food during the 1910s and 1940s, people are once again beginning to become self-sustainable.
These gardens were vegetable, fruit, and herb gardens planted at homes and parks. Originally, the government encouraged growing your own food during WWI and WWII, not only due to rationing but also to boost morale! Growing your own food isn’t just a great hobby, but setting a plate filled with home-grown produce on the dinner table can encourage anyone.
During these times, when many of us have more time on our hands and are making fewer trips to the grocery store, it’s a great time to start a Victory Garden of your own! Our family has some tips on how to get started:
1. Figure out your USDA Hardiness Zone
The Department of Agriculture has an interactive map that designates areas based on average temperatures. You can type in your zip code and figure out what zone you’re in. If your home is located near our Rome, GA store or our Leesburg, AL store, you’re probably in zone 7b. When you choose your plants, be mindful of what kind of plants will thrive in your area.
2. What planting season are you in?
Generally speaking, the best time to plant is in the Spring or the Fall. However, different crops and herbs need to be planted, sown, and harvested at different times. If you want to start gardening now, choose fruits, vegetables, and herbs that can be planted in the next few weeks. If you have something specific you want to harvest, give them the best chance by planting them in the right season.
3. Choose a place with plenty of light
Most fruits and vegetables grow best in a location that gets 8 hours of direct sunlight per day. If your land has more shade, you can try planting spinach, radishes, lettuce, and cabbage. Berry bushes, like gooseberries and raspberries, will do well, too. These cool-season crops will fare better in indirect sunlight.
4. Get the right tools
If you want to start out on the right foot with your garden, you’ll need to prep the land. This includes hand-digging to loosen the soil or using a tiller. If you don’t have a tiller yourself, we have plenty in stock in multiple sizes to make this step much easier.
5. Know how to care for your plants
Varieties of fruits, vegetables, and herbs all need different things as they grow. Whether they need more water, careful fertilizing, or require different harvesting techniques, get to know what you’re growing. If a neighbor has a garden of their own, ask them questions. There are even Facebook groups for gardening, and our family is always here to answer your questions, too.
Are you starting a victory garden of your own? We have everything you need to start your garden spot and put food on the table. Whether you’re looking for tractors, tillers, plows, cutting harrow cultivators, subsoilers, and middle busters, we can help.
Give us a call in Rome (706) 234-1807 or Leesburg (256) 526-7369 or visit us to get everything you need to grow your own food.