“Growing vegetables does not preclude growing of flowers and the continued maintenance of ornamental plantings about your home.
Flowers have their spiritual value and will help the morale of your family, your neighbors and yourself. Add a border of planting of flowers to your Victory Garden and plant several rows of them.
They will appreciably enhance the beauty of the garden…”
This follow-up post is a bit delayed due to (whisper) a hard-drive crash! The problems of modern life… Victory Gardeners of 1943 had a different issue to grapple with… to grow flowers or not to grow flowers? As you can see in the quote above, the gardening gurus of the time suggested that flowers were just as vital as vegetables in the Victory Garden. Why? Because fostering morale was as important as growing vegetables and the “spiritual value” of flowers was drafted into the war effort…
As you know, I’ve been fully engrossed in researching the WW2 Chicago Victory Garden movement for a series of lectures/talks I’m giving this spring called “Chicago Victory Gardens: Yesterday and Tomorrow.” To learn more about the speaking gigs, check the ABOUT page. The “big” presentation will be March 28… click HERE to buy tickets and learn more.
As an added incentive (to me at least), we’re giving all our proceeds from the March 28 lecture to Hyperlocavore.com because when you leave the talk all inspired to grow your own food, you need a place to grow it!
Hyperlocavore.com matches up gardeners and would-be gardeners with space, education and tools. That, to me, is a worthy cause.
So, back to the seeds… as I said in Part 1, being the curious type, I’ve been rooting around to see which of the suggested seeds from 1943 are still available. This second half proved a bit easier than the first… all of the seeds were found, unlike some in Part 1 which have faded into mass-market memory. [Those lost to the mainstream may be in the Seed Savers Exchange Yearbook but I wanted to see if they were available to the general public and not just SSE members - if you're not a member, it is a worthy organization... think about it...]
A few of the seeds were located via companies I had never heard of, so that was kind of a cool find – I thought I knew them all!
So, without further ado, here are the seeds Victory Gardeners were dreaming of 67 years ago… welcome to a look back to 1943… Part 2
- Scarlet Globe: www.seedsavers.org
- Lacullus: www.victoryseeds.com
- Early White Milan: www.italianseedandtool.com
- Marglobe: www.reimerseeds.com
- Rutgers: www.henryfields.com
- Pritchard: www.tomatofest.com
- Baltimore: www.victoryseeds.com
- John Baer: www.totallytomato.com
Also suggested on the lost list (varieties not specified) were raspberries, blackberries and currants.
If you have any information regarding the varieties I’ve outlined above, I’d love to hear them so please comment!
And here’s a final bit of fun… I think these are Blue Hubbard Squash… the ladies are my mother (right) and a neighbor (forgot to ask mother who). The squash are from my great grandfather’s garden in 1946. He was a chicken farmer and used the manure for the garden… the image speaks to the power of chicken manure as a fertilizer… perhaps the topic for another blog…