Grow Your Own Food With a Victory Garden

Grow Vegetables in Your Own World War II Style Victory Garden

Traditional victory gardens were a product of WWI and WWII, the intention was to close the food gap for families living in distressed and war-ravaged regions. You don't need world wars or other catastrophes to start our own victory gardens!

Victory gardens in good and bad times

In this post, we discuss how to plant and care for victory gardens so that you and your loved ones, friends, and neighbors can be more self-sufficient during good times and difficult times.

The next fall harvest is always less than a year away so grow a victory garden today!

How can you start your own victory garden

These days, anyone can start their own victory garden. All you need is a bit of space, some soil, and some seeds or seedlings. Once you have these things, you can start growing your own fresh fruits and vegetables. Not only will you be able to save money on groceries, but with a victory garden you'll also have the satisfaction of knowing that you grew the food yourself.  You might just be surprised at how rewarding it can be to grow a bountiful harvest in your victory garden.

Consider Row crops vs Raised Beds for your Victory Garden

Sowing seeds in rows or raised beds, it's the same process, you place the seed at the proper depth and cover. But in raised beds the number of seeds and the proximity to each other is very different, you can plant more in less space, much more in much less space!

The benefits of growing your own food

There are many benefits to growing your own fruits and vegetables. Perhaps the most obvious is that it can save money on your grocery bill.

Victory Gardens Reduce Cost

Groceries can be expensive, and the cost of eating out can add up quickly. By growing your own fruits and vegetables, you can cut down on your food expenses. In addition, home-grown produce is often fresher, tastier and healthier than store-bought options.

Victory Gardens are Great for Your Health

Another benefit of growing your own food is that it allows you to control what goes into your body. When you grow your own fruits and vegetables, you can be sure that they are free of pesticides and other harmful chemicals. Also it can be a great way to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and exercise. 

How to choose the right plants for your climate and soil type

When choosing plants for your garden, it is important to consider your climate and soil type. Some thrive in hot, sunny conditions, while others prefer cool, shady spots. Likewise, some do well in sandy soil, while others need clay or loam. By matching the right plant to the right location, you can ensure that your victory garden will be healthy and happy.

What is my climate?

To figure out what kind of climate you have, take a look at the average temperatures in your area. If you live in a place with very cold winters and hot summers, you have a continental climate. If you have milder winters and cooler summers, you have a maritime climate. Once you know your climate type, you can narrow down your plant choices.

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

Test your soil

The next step is to test your soil. The best way to do this is to take a sample of soil from several different locations in your garden and have it analyzed by a professional. This will tell you the pH level of your soil and what nutrient deficiencies it has. With this information in hand, you can choose varieties that will thrive in your particular soil type.

By taking the time to learn about your climate and soil type, you can choose the right plant varieties for your garden and create a beautiful space that will thrive for years to come.

Tips for keeping your victory garden healthy and thriving all season long

Today is the perfect time to start fresh, and that includes giving your garden some love. With a little planning and effort, you can enjoy a healthy a continuous harvest and thriving garden all season long. Here are a few tips to get you started:

Victory Gardens start with good quality soil

Quality soil is the foundation of a healthy garden. It may be worth investing in some high-quality ingredients to get your garden off to a great start. Then, to keep your valuable soil in tip top shape be sure to replace the lost soil after each harvest with a good portion of aged compost.

Soil Ingredients for your garden space

Mix equal parts of the ingredients below to make the perfect growing medium.

1) Peat Moss

2) Finished Compost

3) Vermiculite

Soiless Garden Mix

Soiless Garden Mix

Equal parts compost, peat moss and vermiculite

Healthy soil means healthier plants, which are better able to withstand pests and diseases. They'll also be more resistant to drought and other environmental stressors. Surrounding soil is also essential for water drainage and aeration, both of which are crucial for plant health. Not to mention, good soil just plain looks better. It's darker in color and has a richer texture, both of which are indicators of a healthy ecosystem. So don't skimp on the soil - your garden will thank you for it in the long run.

Choose the right plant varieties for your victory gardens.

10 Common Vegetables to Grow in Victory Gardens. Many of these you can start seeds indoors (check your chosen seed companies cataloge) while for others you can purchase seedlings at your local garden center.

  1. Lettuce and leafy greens
  2. Green Beans / Pole Beans
  3. Peas
  4. Swiss Chard
  5. Carrots
  6. Cucumber Plants
  7. Kale
  8. Potato Plant
  9. Tomato Plants
  10. Summer Squash / Winter Squash

Water your victory garden regularly

Watering your plants is essential to their health, but it can also be tricky to know how much and how often to water. Over-watering can lead to root rot and fungal growth, while under-watering can cause leaves to brown and wilt. As a general rule, most need at least an inch of water per week. To ensure that you are getting enough water, be sure to water deeply and evenly. Water early in the day so that the sun can help evaporate any excess moisture, and be sure to check the soil before watering to make sure that it is dry. 

Watering Timer

Turn your hose faucet into a programmed sprinkler systemNo more dead plants because you forgot to water them.

Feed your victory garden regularly

Feeding your plants on a regular basis is important for their health and growth. Plants need nutrients to grow strong and healthy, and fertilizer helps to provide them with the nutrients they need. There are many different types of fertilizer available, so you can choose one that is best suited for your plant's needs. organic fertilizer is a great option because it is made from natural materials and will not harm the environment. 

Here are five organic fertilizers you may find helpful.

  1. Vermicompost (a.k.a. worm castings)
  2. Manure
  3. Compost
  4. Rock Phosphate
  5. Chicken Liter
  6. Bone Meal


Worm Castings

Monitor for pests and diseases

Pests and diseases can quickly ruin a crop. Not only do they cause damage to plants, but they can also spread quickly, infecting other plants in the garden. While it is impossible to completely eliminate all pests and diseases, there are steps that gardeners can take to minimize the risk. One of the most important things that you can do is to monitor your plants carefully for signs of trouble. Keep an eye out for wilting leaves, discolored flowers, or any other unusual symptoms. has a tool that will help you with identification and treatment

Take action

If you spot anything suspicious, take action immediately. Remove affected plants from the garden and destroy them. Disinfect any tools or equipment that you used on the plants. And be sure to keep a close watch on the rest of your crop, in case the problem spreads. By taking quick and decisive action, you can help to prevent pests and diseases from wreaking havoc in your garden.

With these tips in mind, you can create a beautiful victory garden that will bring you and your family members fresh vegetables and food security all from your own backyard.

Recipes that use fresh produce from your Victory Gardens!

Growing your own fruits and vegetables is a great way to get fresh, nutritious produce without having to make a trip to the grocery store. And what could be more gratifying than using ingredients from your very own Victory Garden in a delicious recipe? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Shaved fennel and apple salad

For a light and refreshing starter, try a shaved fennel and apple salad. Simply shave thin slices of fennel and green apples using a mandoline or food processor, and dress with a lemon vinaigrette. Add some crumbled goat cheese for an extra touch of flavor.

Roasted root vegetables

Looking for something heartier? Try roasted root vegetables. Simply toss carrots, parsnips, turnips, and beets with olive oil and your favorite herbs, then roast in a 400 degree oven until tender. Serve with mashed potatoes or polenta for a complete meal.

Fresh berries with whipped cream

And for dessert, how about some fresh berries with whipped cream? Simply wash and slice your favorite berries, then top with homemade whipped cream (or store-bought, if you're short on time). Enjoy as is, or top with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar for an extra zing. Yum!

So whatever you're in the mood for, there's sure to be a recipe that features fresh produce from your Victory Garden. Bon appetit!

Canning and pickling

Canning and pickling are great ways to preserve the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor, but there are only so many jars of jam and dill pickles one can eat. What other ways can you use the fresh produce from your Victory Garden? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Homemade soup

If you’ve got a surplus of tomatoes, why not make a batch of homemade tomato soup? Start by roasting some tomatoes in the oven with a little bit of olive oil and garlic. Once they’re soft and slightly charred, add them to a pot with some chicken or vegetable broth. Puree the soup until it’s smooth, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot with some freshly-baked bread for dipping.

Zucchini noodles and chips

Zucchini is another victory garden staple that can be used in a variety of ways. Grate it into salads, spiralize it into noodles, or slice it thinly to make “zucchini chips.”

To make the latter, start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then place the zucchini slices on the sheet in a single layer. Brush both sides of each slice with olive oil, then season with salt, pepper, and any other herbs or spices you like. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the zucchini chips are crispy around the edges. Let them cool for a few minutes before serving.

The versatility of sweet corn

Sweetcorn is another versatile ingredient that can be used in sweet or savory dishes. For something sweet, try cutting the kernels off the cob and adding them to pancakes or waffles batter. For something savory, grill or roast the corn on the cob, then sprinkle with chili powder, cheese, and lime juice.

These are just a few ideas to get you started – there are endless possibilities when it comes to cooking with fresh produce from your Victory Garden!


Victory Gardening is a great way to get started with gardening and to provide your family with fresh, healthy food all season long. With a little planning and some basic knowledge of plants and gardening, you can easily start a Victory Garden of your own. Be sure to choose the right plants for your climate and soil type, and follow the tips for keeping your garden healthy and thriving. Use the recipes included here to help you make the most of the produce from your Victory Garden! Grow a victory garden today!

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