A comment Aunty belle replied to from this post, asked for more information on Victory Gardens. Now I'm sure she knows more about them than I do and this is probably a setup, yet I shall stumble forward anyway. Most of what I know regarding victory gardens came from my grandparents and the PBS TV show. One of the few TV shows that held my attention. Feeding yourself and your family while doing your patriotic duty is an appealing concept to many. With the turmoil in the economy, the advantages of having a secondary source of food becomes apparent.
So how about a little history: The concept of the victory garden was actually started WW1. However it's name came from WW2. Although the DOA originally objected to the concept, for fear of hurting big business. As the war grew more intense it became apparent that more sources of food were necessary. During the course of the war more than 20 million gardens were planted in the U.S. These gardens help to sustain the noncombatant population the United States while most of the commercially produced foods were shipped overseas to feed the troops.
How does the concept the fit in today: Well most folks are totally reliant on huge corporations to provide their food. An amazing number of the population have no concept of how to feed themselves. If they can't order it with a cell phone or pull it out of the drive up window, they could not feed themselves.(K9, this is a advantage that those of us in the know, we will utilize to great advantage in the Armageddon) having a stable food source in your garden, will go along way to helping you provide your own food source, a pretty good source of recreation, exercise and fun.
Could I survive on what I grow? Not yet. All of my garden is in raised boxes or in tire planters, (Thank you, Princess) on land that I lease. But it all helps. We just harvested our first cucumbers of the year and still have a half a jar of pickles from last year.
So think about it, do you grow grass? Yes to some it's pretty. Yet it's pretty useless too. Unless you're feeding Secretariat. Why not plant a garden instead? We are also part of a Co-op farm where we can pick and get local produce. Any portions we don't pick up are given to the local food bank. Why not you?
The following video is from WW2, it's 20 minutes long. If you have time enjoy it. I will be interested in comments on the insecticides.