Growing Debt and Growing a Victory Garden


Humble Seed will often point out reasons why growing your own food is important, from the freshest foods possible to a sense of personal accomplishment, but there’s another necessary reason why so many families today are turning to gardening: debt.

Today’s economy has forced many families into picking and choosing where they will spend their hard earned money, and sometimes, it can come down to what bills will be paid versus what types of meals will be put on the table. There are families feeling the pressure to buy more processed foods, because they are less expensive. Sadly, processed foods can be very unhealthy. There are also families choosing to grow their own foods, because starting from seed is inexpensive, and the yields can be high—with enough vegetables to feed your family and more for an entire growing season. Aside from the expenses of getting your garden ready and maintaining it, growing your own foods can be very economical.

If you do not have the space or yard for your own garden why not partner with a family member, friend or neighbor and create a joint victory garden? Victory gardens were first created during World War I and World War II in order to minimize the pressure on the public food supply that was caused by the wars. They were herb, fruit and vegetable gardens that were planted at families’ residences and public parks. Today, with the slowly recovering economy and continuing frustrations with the way our foods are being produced and processed, the word ‘victory’ can be an inspiration for a better and more sustainable world. With the popularity of victory gardens growing, it’s clear that people are making informed choices about where they will spend their money, how they will manage to stay afloat during the bad economy, and what foods they will feed their families.

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  1. This is so VERY true.

    However the good news is that — done right, with an eye toward sustainability and perennials — it’s possible to put in low-cost, high yield gardens that reverse the trend.

    Thanks for speaking to this! I sincerely hope these times will create a new greatest, maybe ‘greenest’, generation.

  2. To me, this has always seemed like the greatest of ideas. Here we are, a year after this article was added here and time to begin planting once again. I have a very large vegetable garden, but this year I plan to add 6 new beds. I have a very large pantry and plan to can, dehydrate and freeze much more this year. We also have 35 fruit and nut trees, 6 kinds of grapes, mulberries and blackberries. The cost of food has gone up a lot over just the past few months. ‘They say’ it’s due to rising fuel costs which usually means they raise the price now by 30% or more, but when fuel prices go down again, they will only lower the price by 15%. Growing just a couple of things can help with the food bills. It doesn’t take a lot of space. Patio tomatoes and pepper plants can be grown in large pots. Cucumbers and other vine type plants can also be grown in pots and trained to grow up on a porch railing or a trellis. Flowers are beautiful and food for the soul, but mixing in a couple of vegetable plants will add interest and save money at the same time.
    Happy Gardening!

  3. What kind of saw dust is good for a compost bedding. I have a master composting card but this was not covered. I would like to know which wood is the best. I do lots of wood working with my husband.

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