Video Series: Joe Lamp’l Creates a Victory Garden for under $25
Joe Lamp’l has to be one of my all-time favorite garden gurus in the country (see previous posts interview, book review, 15 Incredible People). If you’ve ever had the opportunity to talk with Joe in person, you’ll notice just how genuine and passionate he is about Growing a Greener World for all of us, not just experienced gardeners, to enjoy. Joe started talking about creating a Victory Garden for under $25 back in April 2009 and has created a fantastic video documentary series [hail to Joe for creating a multi-media gardening experience for us visual learners!]. Check out this episode where he shows us how to keep urban deer invaders at bay in his garden. See all the $25 Victory Garden videos on JoegardenerTV or read about it on his blog Compost Confidential.
What is a Victory Garden?
Victory Gardens, also referred to as war gardens, were started by the Secretary of Agriculture during World War I and II in an effort to reduce public food shortages brought on by the war effort. The movement called for 18 million new Victory Gardens and four million new gardeners answered the call of duty. However, the enthusiasm for kitchen gardening was short lived as the threat of food shortages disappeared. Since the turn of the century, Victory Gardens have made a comeback in part due to a grassroots effort in the form of community gardens, websites and blogs dedicated to the subject, and public petitions; for example, Michelle Obama’s creation of the White House Victory Garden (the original started by Eleanor Roosevelt). There are many resources available on the internet to help you learn more and start your own backyard Victory Garden.
Victory Garden resources to help you get started
- Freedom Gardens The “Victory Garden” of the 21st century
- The Victory Garden PBS Garden TV series
- Edible Estates Landscape with food not lawns video by Fritz Haeg. (See book review, Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn)
- Food Not Lawns Theories and techniques derived from permaculture, kinship gardening, ecological design, and biodynamics
- Red, White & Grew Celebrating the Victory Garden revival