Flashback Friday – V I C T O R Y

Flashback Friday

The following originally appeared on 3/30/09 at Exit 51.

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Given enough time, and the right circumstances, just about any trend can come back into fashion.  Except maybe the mullet.  I don’t know when that would ever be considered a good idea.

During WWII when food was rationed, people were urged by the government to plant Victory Gardens.  All across the United States, and in Europe, citizens planted fruits and vegetables.  It was considered patriotic. In 2009, the economic recession combined with a growing consumer movement of searching for locally grown food.  One result seems to be a resurgence of the Victory Garden.  Who knew that our grandparents were such trendsetters?

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Me, I’d love to be able to plant a Victory Garden of my own.  But, like many urban dwellers, I have no yard to speak of.  The back “yard” is a concrete pad.  Neither dirt nor shade can be found there. Yes, there is a small planting bed on the side of the house.  My rose bushes currently reside there.  They are rather fond of that location and I’m inclined to let them remain.

Reason #1 ….because I have the blackest thumb known to man. It is only because those roses thrive on neglect that they have endured.  They have survived in spite of me, certainly not because of me.

Reason #2 …because the animals in my neighborhood will not be deterred from using that area as their own personal comfort station.  They laughed at the cayenne pepper, the orange peels just shriveled up withered away, and I would almost swear that they dabbed that expensive potion of all things stinky behind their ears like cologne.  I even tried setting out itty bitty spikes crafted from bamboo skewers.  Guess who suffered most with those?  That would have been me.

Reason #3 …because of the meddling kids.  I feel so old saying that, but it’s true.  I can’t keep them from pulling the flowers out of the beds.  How the heck would I keep them from walking off with the (literal) fruits of my labor?

Reason #4…did I mention I have a servere case of black thumb?

So don’t look for me to be tending the garden.  Instead, I will do my best to support the local farmers and growers and stimulate the economy.  I think it makes more sense to buy something that someone else grew than to throw away good money on the idea of being thrifty and victorious.

What about you?  Are you lucky enough to be able to grow your own?  Or are you, like me, an economic stimulator?  Thing thing is, they are both important.  I just wish we, the buyers, had cool graphics like the growers.

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6 Responses to Flashback Friday – V I C T O R Y

  1. Lan says:

    dw is the green thumb in the relationship. i have aspirations for a thriving, living garden. but i believe i’ll be the one telling him what i want and him growing it for me. it’s quite wonderful, i’m not complaining.

  2. Jenna says:

    Haha, I got a kick out of all your methods for keeping away the critters. That’s part of why I have no desire to garden. I’ll let my Mom be the garden woman extraodinaire. =)

    • Wendi says:

      Jenna, I can’t tell you how much time I invested in trying to curtail the critters. I gave up after laying plastic chicken wire on the ground….they win.

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  3. JenniferA says:

    Last year was my first out of 9 as a homeowner that I did not have a garden. After 2 bad years in a row with pests and disease, we gave it a rest and I joined a CSA for the summer. Going to try again this year, but gosh it was nice not worrying about it last year!

    • Wendi says:

      I’ve thought about joining a CSA but haven’t found one that is either A) not a small fortune; B) convenient in terms of pick up time/location.

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