Red White and Blue Vegetables

On the homefront during World War II, Americans contributed in many ways as a symbol of national unity in the civilian war effort. It would take everyone to win the war. Life during the war meant daily sacrifice, but few complained because they knew it was their sons, daughters, friends, and neighbors in uniform who were making the greater sacrifice.

To help offset the difficulties brought on by rationing, Americans embraced a campaign for Victory Gardens, which became an important part of a family’s effort to contribute to the war effort.

You can’t just sprinkle some seed on the ground and a garden appears, this was backbreaking labor! Our sense of duty would not allow us to become tired.

Rural and urban families used whatever open land, backyard, roof, or window box they could find to grow their own produce. Neighbors pooled their resources, planted different kinds of foods and formed cooperatives, all in the name of patriotism. By 1945, an estimated 20 million Victory Gardens produced approximately 40 percent of America’s vegetables.

One of the many ways our Greatest Generation earned their title, while making it look effortless.


Learn more about Victory Gardens (with photos and video) HERE.


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A determined contributor to the memory and preservation of a decade.

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  1. Barbara Snapp
    February 23, 2011, 1:15 pm   /  Reply

    Trying to get a copy of the Victory garden hand book for a talk I am giving to the Seattle Garden Club, a requirement for new members such as myself.

  2. Profile photo of Baxter Bailey
    February 23, 2011, 1:18 pm   /  Reply


    Did you try downloading one of the eBooks located here?:

    There is one in .pdf as well as .mobi (for a Kindle)



  3. JazzyDame
    May 9, 2011, 6:00 pm   /  Reply

    This is just swell!  I knew that if I searched this site, I would eventually find a mention of those beloved (and quite useful!) Victory Gardens!  Thank you for showcasing these "Gardens for Victory" in a post–you are brilliant!

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