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Earth Victory Day

Happy Earth Day everyone!

Earth Day, Halloween and Valentine’s Day are my favorite holidays. Well, those and any holiday that includes giving me lots of gifts, too. But today is Earth Day, and it’s cause for celebration! This month, I’ve noticed an out pour of interest in Victory gardens, from my client’s, friends, neighbors and even my sister – wanting to get a veggie garden going for the little sprout in her growing belly. I’m not sure if it’s this weather, the rise in vegetable prices or the fact that veggie gardening is in, but it seems to be the buzz right now. It’s so exciting to hear people not only interested in growing vegetables but actually going through the steps to learn how to do it.

During WW1 and WW2 the US Government initiated Victory Gardens as a way to provide for your family and help the war effort. Luckily, I have some of the relics from that era, a war ration book that was my grandmother’s and a Burgess garden catelogue from 1944. These are a few of my little treasures that show me of how intrinsic gardening is to our lives as a nation. Both relics are fabulous and full of American history, with simply wonderful phrases like, “If you don’t need it, DON’T BUY IT”.

I take them out from time to time and always find myself feeling nostalgic for a era I never experienced. Just something about simple, basic gardening, growing food for your family, and enjoying making a small difference – from the ground up. This to me is a wonderful reminder of how important Victory gardening is, and how we have the earth to thank.

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  • Sylvana #1

    Great pictures! I have seen so many people changing large portions of their lawn in to vegetable gardens around here. It started around the time that there was the feed scare from China and all the other reports of contaminated foods. But it really hit big once the recession hit. Both of those reasons – control over the quality of my food and the lower cost – are reasons that I have a vegetable garden.

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  • Curbstone Valley Farm #2

    What wonderful treasures! I spent a lot of time with all my grandparents as a child. My parents and grandparents always grew fruit and vegetables in the garden. I’ve been gardening for as long as I can remember. Our hustle and bustle generation, addicted to gadgets, and over-packaged food, could learn a lot from the War era generations. I hope that today’s Victory Gardens persist well beyond the recession, as people come to enjoy growing their own.

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  • Jenn #3

    I hope so as well. I think there is something special about simply growing a couple of your own veggies for your family, that is so empowering and gratifying.
    (By the way, I know Earth Day is on the 22nd – I’m just starting a little earlier :))

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  • debsgarden #4

    Caring for the earth and managing our resources properly gives rich rewards. My parents lived through the era your photos represent and told stories of victory gardens. We all would benefit from the lessons they learned and many have forgotten.

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  • Helen at Summerhouse #5

    It’s great that you have hung on to these bits of history. I remember my parents having a huge garden, not to be organic but just because they really had to. Lots of kids, not much money and being new Dutch immigrants in Canada after the war. Now I’m getting into veggies in the garden too, but I’m more interested in growing things that aren’t as easy to find in the stores or because I just like the look of something. The upside, growing our own food gets us thinking about the earth and that’s good.

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  • heather @ whatsbloomingthisweek #6

    Thanks for visiting my little blog project and leaving a comment on the hosta picture. Just spent a few minutes scrolling through your blog – it’s terrific.
    And where did you get the vintage pieces in this post? They’re fantastic. You are so right about everyone growing their own victory gardens – even if it’s just a pot of tomatoes on a balcony, we’re all into it.
    Happy Earth Day

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  • joey #7

    Yes indeed, and a very interesting post. Happy Earth Day!

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  • Laura #8

    Very neat. Happy Earth Day!

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  • Racquel #10

    Great post to commemorate Earth Day. :)

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  • Skeeter #11

    Happy Earth Day! Having those relics are wonderful treasures to pass along to yet another generation some day….

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  • Megan #12

    Great pics! What a cool thing to have inherited from your grandmother :)

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  • rosey #13

    Those are very cool vintage mags… and in amazingly good shape!

    I love the name Victory Garden.

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  • Jenn #14

    I’ll have to take some pic’s of the inside of the mag.. you all would love it!

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  • Heather @ Dusty Bay #15

    Hi – great post on Earth Day! You’ve got a beautiful blog too – very interesting and some cool products!

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  • Rose #16

    How wonderful to have these mementos from your grandmother and from a time when people appreciated the value of gardening. Both my grandmother and my mother always had huge vegetable gardens. We not only ate lots of fresh veggies during the summer, but had home-canned vegetables all winter long. Funny, how I seem to be embracing my mother’s values the older I get.

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  • Kathleen #17

    Some of that advice would be good to follow today! What treasures you have in the memorabilia. I’m glad there’s a renewed interest in gardening. I think it’s a lot healthier for so many reasons and maybe will make people feel more connected to our planet. Which would be the best Earth Day gift we could give ourselves.

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  • noel #18

    aloha jen,

    what a fantastic collection you have assembled, yes i do think victory gardens are back on their way in again….although here in hawaii they have always been in since things grow year round here and friends tend to share always with what they have….in fact i have an abundance of huge avocados right now on my trees…free for the taking if you come to hawaii :)

    i have a new challenge meme on my sari blog if your into new challenges….

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  • Robur #19

    Lucky you to have those memorabilia.

    Dig for Victory was a big thing in England too. Many big houses had lawns turned into veg plots. Most of the (male) gardeners had gone to war, so the work was all done by women. Even the farms were operated by women who were called The Women’s Land Army.

    There’s an item on YouTube which includes some ancient footage of The Women’s Land Army marching smartly in a parade:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r4P4GUGjHA

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  • Corner Garden Sue #20

    I think I have some things like that. I’ll have to see if they turn up when I do some cleaning this summer. I like that sentiment, “If you don’t need it, don’t buy it.” At least, don’t let debt get out of hand.

    Happy Earth Day, a little late.

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  • Mr Brown Thumb #21

    Those are really cool. I guess this is the week for me seeing vintage Victory Garden items. I saw some pamphlets at an friend’s office and some books at a friend’s house and now these.

    Thanks for sharing this awesome piece of history.

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  • Conan #25

    Interesting! :)

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