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How To Grow Victory Gardens

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How To Grow Victory Gardens

During both World War I and World War II, people with land (even small parcels) planted victory gardens — also known as war gardens or food gardens for defense. It was a means to feed the family, to supplement the restrictions enforced with rationing, and to ease the food chain. Victory gardens provided people with hope for a better future. There’s something about gardening that promotes and encourages inner healing. Local Food Initiative / Flickr (Creative Commons) With the world pandemic of COVID-19 closing international borders, the food supply chain is severely hampered. People are hoarding products to make sure...

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I may have harvested a lifetime supply of sunflower seeds

Gardening PreservingTheHarvest

I may have harvested a lifetime supply of sunflower seeds

For some reason, the sunflowers grew like gangbusters this year, even while everything else struggled. (Funny story: all of my sunflowers were volunteers this year, and when they first popped up, I thought they were bean plants… so I transplanted them into a nice little square in one of my beds, and then was promptly embarrassed when I realized I’d planted 9 sunflowers extremely close together in the midst of my bean patch.) So, while no one will be calling me a gardening expert this year (or probably any year), a few weeks ago the kids loaded up wheelbarrows full...

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