What is a Victory Garden? Why You Should Plant One in 2020

 

History of Victory Gardens:

Victory gardens, also called war gardens or food gardens for defense, were vegetable, fruit, and herb gardens planted at private residences and public parks in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Germany during World War I and World War II. In the war time, governments encouraged people to plant victory gardens not only to supplement their rations but also to boost morale.

George Washington Carver wrote an agricultural tract and promoted the idea of what he called a “Victory Garden”. They were used along with Rationing Stamps and Cards to reduce pressure on the public food supply. Besides indirectly aiding the war effort, these gardens were also considered a civil “morale booster” in that gardeners could feel empowered by their contribution of labor and rewarded by the produce grown. This made victory gardens a part of daily life on the home front.

Source: Wikipedia //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victory_garden

Victory Gardens 2020:

As we write this in March 2020, there is a global “war” being waged against a common enemy, COVID-19, the pandemic virus. 

In these troubled times, gardening has a big part to play in the well-being of so many of us. Gardening is one of the few activities that is not cancelled, and it  is a valuable outlet in these times of turmoil. But to get the most benefit from our gardens, perhaps we should  turn to the practice of creating Victory Gardens once again, and grow some of our own food this season.

Growing your own food is important for so many reasons, with so many benefits:

  • Food security: Agriculture will be impacted by COVID-19 in coming months and there will be disruptions and potential shortages of some fresh foods. By planting an edible garden, you’ll be providing your family with a steady supply.
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables will likely increase in price. Your garden can even  grow organic fruit and vegetables, which will save you money in the long run.
  • Gardening is not cancelled! This fresh-air activity is therapeutic and can be practiced with safe outdoor social distancing, even if done in a community garden setting. Gardening improves morale in tough times, and, if you plant them, you get tomatoes!
  • Gardening has benefits for the environment and your victory garden will help combat climate change.You can have an edible garden in any space, whether it is a collection of pots of fresh herbs on a windowsill, a grouping of containers on a deck or patio, or a full garden bed on your plot. We can show you how in our series of posts here and on twitter.

  • Edible gardens are a great teaching tool for kids. Studies show that children are more likely to eat vegetables that they’ve had a hand in growing, so that is win-win as well! Now that kids are home from school, why not involve them in growing seeds and planting your edible garden?
  • Nothing tastes better than the fresh produce that comes from your own garden, where you know exactly what has gone into the final product.  And vegetables you grow yourself are likely more nutritious as well.


Follow our series of posts here on our website, on our MMG Facebook and on twitter @MississaugaMGs.
Over the next couple of months, we’ll be posting advice on how to get started, what to plant from seed now & later, how to transplant seedlings, edibles in containers, and more.

If we miss answering your question about #VictoryGarden2020, get in contact with us through our social media contacts or by email at
mississaugamgwebmaster@gmail.com

Mississauga Master Gardeners are  here to help with gardening advice.
NB: Sorry, we can’t come over and plant the garden for you, even when social distancing ends!

Let’s #GetGrowing, Everybody!

Mississauga Master Gardener Nominated for Community Award

MMG Jeanne McRight, shown above with Ward One Councillor Stephen Dasko, as she receives her certificate.

“It’s such an honor to be nominated for Mississauga’s Ward One Award of Excellence for Environmental Stewardship,” says Blooming Boulevards founder Jeanne McRight.

Jeanne’s non-profit organization Blooming Boulevards has as its focus pollinator support and community education. “By growing locally indigenous wildflowers on our urban boulevards – normally planted with high-maintenance grass – we are providing food and nesting spaces for our 400 species of native bees. These bee species are declining at precipitous rates, with one species common just a decade ago now the on the endangered list. Loss of habitat is a major reason. It makes sense to replace grass with pollen-laden and nectar-rich flowers that feed butterflies and bees. And along the boulevards, up close and personal, the beautiful streetscapes feed our souls.” Blooming Boulevards got its start in early  2019, but its outreach program has already made its mark with several residential pollinator gardens already planted, as well as community pollinator gardens underway in the Small Arms Society lands and, most recently, Spruce Park.   Projects well worthy of  Environmental Stewardship commendation!
Learn more about Jeanne’s important work here: BloomingBoulevards.org 

Volunteers always welcome!  Several other Mississauga MGs are lending their support to this great organization.

MMG FALL PLANT SALE Saturday October 5th, 2019 at the Port Credit Library

MISSISSAUGA MASTER GARDENER’s FALL PLANT SALE
Saturday October 5, 2019  10am-2pm  at the Port Credit Library

Did you know that fall is a great time to plant?  Perennials are able to concentrate on root development during the autumn as above ground growth slows.

So join us on Saturday October 5th at the Port Credit Library to get some new plants for your garden.  Opportunity all day to have your garden questions answered by the experts.  Spring bulbs (to plant this fall) will be for sale as well.

Presentations:
11 am – Pollination and Growing Native Plants

12 pm – Preparing Your Garden for Winter

See you there!

 

Come on Down to CNE 2019, Master Gardeners Advice Clinic

The Canadian National Exhibition  2019 runs from August 16 to Sept 2, including Labour Day Monday.

Master Gardeners from all over the GTA will be on hand at Heritage Court at the Master Gardener’s booth throughout the event. Find us near the flower show.

Bring your gardening questions along; our MG volunteers are ready and willing to offer our expert advice.

See you there!

MMG June Outing to Whistling Gardens

MMGs enjoyed a great outing to Whistling Gardens this past weekend. It was cool & grey out, but the gardens made up for it with great displays of colourful peonies, well over 1000 varieties!

Owner Darren Heimbecker gave us a guided tour of his botanical treasures, accompanied by Leggo, his 6 month old puppy. (Leggo wasn’t as interested in the horticultural detail as we were.) But MMGs thoroughly appreciated the collection of rare conifers, native Carolinian trees and unusual ornamental plants.

It was a great outing and we highly recommend visiting Whistling Gardens with your garden group. A unique, must-see collection for any plant lover. Group tours welcome; guided tours available and well worth it!
For more info: www.whistlinggardens.ca

 

Seedy Saturday Mississauga, April 6, 2019

Join Mississauga Master Gardeners for a day celebrating gardening.
MMGs will be hosting an advice clinic,  organizing a seed sale/ swap, and speaking on a variety of  gardening topics

MMG SPRING PLANT SALE …. Saturday, May 26th 2018 … 10 am to 2 pm

Master Gardener and local horticultural society plant sales are an excellent way to acquire more plants for your garden at very reasonable prices.  These plants are tried and true for local growing conditions.

MGs will be on hand to answer your garden questions and chat about any garden issues, so bring your questions along.
We’d be happy to discuss plant choices with you, best locations  for your plants and how to take care of your plant purchases.

STRATFORD GARDEN FESTIVAL, Mar 1-4 2018

CORRECTED INFO for 2018 Show:

Stratford Garden Festival 2018 – Multi Day
Stratford Rotary Complex

The 2018 Stratford Garden Festival is  taking place March 1-4th and the NEW Garden Gala Friday March 2nd.
This year we are excited to highlight 8 beautiful gardens,
over 40 vendors and an exciting Speaker Series.

Thursday March 1st,  12-5 pm; Seniors’ Tea noon-4:30pm
Friday March 2,  10-6 pm; SGF Garden Gala 6:30-9 pm
Saturday March 3,  10-6 pm
Sunday March 4,  11-5 pm,

Please see below for ticket pricing and how to order.

$10 Regular Admission Daily
$25 4 Day Admission
$5 Speaker Series admission ONLY (Speaker Series Admission is included with General Admission tickets)
Garden Gala Friday March 2 6:30-9 pm
$25 includes entry to the Stratford Garden Festival, entertainment, two sample tickets, beautiful gardens and a vibrant Marketplace.

Start Date: 
End Date:   

Address:
Stratford Rotary Complex
353 McCarthy Rd.
Stratford, ON N5A 7S7

 BUY Online tickets here