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In 1943 – 18,000,000 U.S. Victory Gardens


Nuns of St. Patrick’s Home for the Aged in the Bronx use hoes, rakes and shovels to prepare their garden. The Carmelite Sisters expect to raise most of the Home’s vegetables for summer. Life photo.

The greatest outdoor fad since miniature golf stymied pedestrian traffic on city corners

Life Magazine
May 1943

Excerpted from the Life article: “Victory Gardens – They are springing up in strange nooks and crannies all over the USA”

After a spiteful flurry of winter in the Middle West, spring skipped around the corner last week to bring a little ray of sun to 18,000,000 U.S. victory gardens. Hand and leg with spring came the silly season and the usual crop of pictures showing pretty girls in becoming shorts. But this year limbs are being bared in the interests of the greatest outdoor fad since miniature golf stymied pedestrian traffic on city corners.

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Life Magazine, 1943, Victory Gardeners in Portland

Life Magazine
May, 1943

“In Portland, Oregon, pretty bare-legged girl students at the Jane Addams High School work over their 200 x 40 foot victory garden. The student body, which is being instructed in house-wifely virtues, paid for the ploughing and harrowing this plot, formerly a smooth, green lawn. Produce from the vegetable garden will be used in school cafeteria, nursery school and practice house.”

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Victory Garden at the National Museum of American History


Using a design from a 1943 pamphlet, the Smithsonian Gardens has re-created a World War II victory garden on the terrace outside the National Museum of American History’s cafeteria. The 130-foot-long garden contains over 50 varieties of vegetables and flowers that change with the seasons.

Two excellent videos about Victory Gardens from the Smithsonian Channel

Videos: Garden Secrets – Victory Veggies. Join the horticulturists and landscape architects caring for the Smithsonian Gardens in Washington, D.C., and see how the time-tested tips they use can help you create a bountiful vegetable garden in your own backyard. First, they recreate a World War II victory garden, then employ ancient Native American Indian techniques to create “The Three Sisters.”

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Green fingers and green houses in China


Li Hongwen, 31, has planted more than 20 types of vegetables on his balcony in the Shunyi district of Beijing. Feng Yongbin/China Daily

A growing number of people have taken to “urban farming” in the wake of a series of food safety scandals.

By He Na
China Daily
2012-09-19

Excerpt:

Han Qunhui’s home in Changsha, Hunan province, is situated in a large community where most of the buildings look the same. Even friends who’ve visited several times before have been apt to get lost in the “maze” of houses.

But that’s all changed recently. Now, visitors can find Han’s home quickly, even if they still have no idea of her building and room number.

The change is due to Han’s balcony: It resembles a green tent hanging outside the fifth floor, with towel gourd vines, rows of beans and agaric vegetables overflowing the open balcony, where large bowls of endive, lettuce and shallots also grow.

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