Remember planting a victory garden early on during the COVID-19 pandemic? We here at BP encouraged the effort back in 2020. That year local artist Susan Roth made a fundraising victory garden poster to support BP.
Fast forward to 2022. Even though many people have dropped the mask at this point, there’s no reason to abandon the victory garden. And tax season is usually a good time to plant.
Victory Gardens first sprouted in 1917 when Charles Lathrop Pack organized the National War Garden Commission just weeks before the United States entered WWI. Most of the 30 million soldiers who fought in the war were farmers, so the conflict represented a potential food crisis. In addition, the year before had seen widespread global crop failures. Pack theorized that, if American citizens planted small home gardens, some of the crisis might be averted in the United States at least.
With climate change happening, war in Ukraine, and ongoing supply-chain troubles, we are again looking at potential food shortages. So do your part and get out there and dig in the dirt.
Supported by a little planning and some TLC, plenty of crops will do well in the PNW. For some great local tips on getting started with your victory garden, take a look at this early COVID-era article from the spring of 2020 in The Seattle Times.
Image by Matt Otepka.