The folks over at Foodshed Planet are doing something called the Victory Garden Drive this year. We all know about Victory Gardens, right? In previous wartimes, instead of telling Americans to go shopping, the president asked people to plant gardens and become as self-sufficient as possible.
It’s never been a bad idea, and now, with all the nebulous threats out there (like “peak oil,” “terrorist threat to the food supply,” “eColi,” “tainted imports,” and “flavorless hothouse tomatoes”), it’s an idea whose time has come again. There is no cure for your worries like digging in the dirt. It’s real. It’s tangible. It’s living. And it just might help feed you if/when the compost hits the spreader. To that end, the Victory Garden Drive is aiming to start 2 MILLION new vegetable gardens in 2008. Existing gardens don’t count, though I wonder if they’d accept “greatly expanded” gardens in their count.
My garden is already established, but I’d still like to join this effort. Here’s what I propose: several of you have expressed an interest in starting a small garden. I will offer personal gardening help to the first 5 people who respond on this blog. Help can be in almost any form you like – except doing the gardening for you. 🙂 Here are some thoughts:
- Walking you through a site and soil analysis.
- A personal garden design consultation: what to grow that will thrive on your site, suit your tastes, and be fairly certain of success.
- Basic growing assistance: when to plant, how to plant, plant care, and harvest info.
- How to cook what you’ve harvested.
- If you’re close enough, I’ll even visit and help you pick a site for your garden and do some of the heavy lifting and bed building with you!
What I’d ask of you is a location that gets at least 6 hours of full sun in the summer and a commitment to tend the garden at least once a week (container gardens will need daily watering). It would also be awesome if you’d formally join the Victory Garden Drive.
I’ll also be blogging some basics under a thread called “So you want to garden?” if you’d like to just follow along!