Its that time of year! The weather is beginning to warm up during the day and you as a gardener are starting to feel the planting itch more than ever! Garden centers are now selling all the vegetable starts and people are buying them up and taking them home. But hold up! Before you go rushing back to the garden and placing these precious babies into the ground, let's talk about "hardening off", what it is and how we go about doing this to set our plants off on the road to success!
Hardening off is the process of exposing transplants (seedlings) gradually to outdoor conditions. It enables your transplants to withstand the changes in environmental conditions they will face when planted outside in the garden. It encourages a change from soft, succulent growth to a firmer, harder growth.
There is a thing called Transplant Shock and this is what we are trying to avoid!
Here's some of the steps you can take!
The idea of a Victory Garden can be traced all the way back to 1917, when the U.S. government called for citizens to cultivate "war gardens" to free up food for World War I troops fighting overseas. However, it wasn't until World War II during the same call to action in the 1940's did "Victory Garden" officially get the name.
Americans rose to the challenges of their time by not only growing more food but growing an abundance of food! It's estimated that during this time there were a total of 20 million victory gardens that produced 40% of the nations total fruit and vegetables!
Today we are facing a crisis in our nation as well. We have a call to action much like our fellow Americans did in the early 1900's. It is now more important than ever to not only be able to feed ourselves and our families, but to feed our souls! I'll be the first to admit that this experience has been eye opening to the fact of how much we truly rely on the conveniences throughout our world today. We believe its so simple to hop on over to the local big box store and pick up whatever items we need. But wait! Isn't it even MORE convenient to grow these things in your own backyard? Sure, not everything can be grown at home unfortunately, and no one to my knowledge is at home spinning pulp into toilet paper (not yet at least), we have to depend some what on outside sources. The point is that we can do better, and a good starting point is by growing our own food.
In light of the Covid-19 virus among us, Victory Gardens are back again and Americans are showing their will to fight once more! Join the fight with us a we push past the troubles of today and look forward to a brighter more self sufficient tomorrow!.