Despite the media-fueled whinging going on about rising food prices, the national situation is nothing near where it was during WWII, when canned food was rationed and Victory Gardens first became popular…but growing your own fresh veg just makes sense. It’s significantly cheaper to grow a $2 red bell pepper plant (or a $.05 seed), which will produce dozens and dozens of peppers during the growing season, than to spend $4 per lb for imported peppers from Honduras at the grocery store.
Our Mad Rocket Scientist has posted here before on Urban Gardening, for those of you who haven’t seen it there’s tons of good information in there on getting started no matter how small a space you might have.
We here at Casa de Ligne have a smallish 1/4 acre, taken up mostly by house and pool, but we’re thoroughly exploiting the space we do have for maximum yield. In the area between the bbq patio and the house, we have four 2×6 foot planter boxes, filled with a delightful mixture of compost, good topsoil, and peat moss. And we’re growing things sized appropriately to that space: sugar baby watermelons, orchard baby corn (five feet tall at full growth), beans (which will use the cornstalks as a trellis), many different peppers, zucchini, four kinds of cucumbers, seven varieties of tomatoes (most of these are actually in large pots), radishes, and a stupid number of specialty melons, both climbing up trellises and pretending to be just low-growing greenery with pretty flowers around the landscaping out front.
So, while our growing efforts aren’t strictly necessary from an economic standpoint, they are highly enjoyable, much less expensive/more tasty than shopping at the grocery store, and pleasing to pay homage to those who sacrificed so much during WWII, both abroad and at home.
If anyone would like a Victory Garden seed sampler, just leave a comment and I will be delighted to provide. The sampler will include at minimum:
- Peppers (hot and sweet)
And if you have questions about care/feeding of any of the above, sing out, as well. Knowledge is power!