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carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 24, 2008
2:33 PM

Post #4581325

When did Mr. and Mrs. America stop growing vegetables, and why? I cannot imagine many people I know being willing to eat many of those vegetables you mentioned. (Sigh.) I need to learn more history. Nice job, Mitch, and sweetly evocative.

x, Carrie
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

February 24, 2008
2:47 PM

Post #4581369

It was the 1960's time of plenty - easy convenience foods won out to hard work gardens. Sigh...

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 24, 2008
3:09 PM

Post #4581466

Double sigh.

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

February 24, 2008
4:51 PM

Post #4581917

Five families shared a vacant lot in our neighboorhood. It had a house built on it after the war when construction could begin again . I had my own bit for carrots at our own house. The springer spaniel next door liked to dig them up, but he was a friend of mine; we didn't have a dog. Remember the PBS gardening show was named "victory garden"

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 24, 2008
5:34 PM

Post #4582094

Yerp, my first ever (and still favorite) gardening book was Crockett's Indoor Victory Garden. It was about houseplants, and had nothing to do with vegetables, though.

x, Carrie
Indy
Alexandria, IN
(Zone 6a)

February 24, 2008
5:54 PM

Post #4582181

I lived through those war years. We always had gardens and usually "truck patches" on the farm. In the War Department's booklet of 1943 called Small Town USA there is a picture of a large victory garden. This is my home town.
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

February 24, 2008
5:56 PM

Post #4582186

Wow... I looked at and read a lot of the old Victory Garden papers I can. Love those things and really try to keep with the spirit of them in my gardens here.
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 24, 2008
6:09 PM

Post #4582244

More inspiring thoughts about our heritage. I am in the process of planting my veggie garden. Had another some 25 years ago and it was the most satisfying thing I have ever done. I knew nothing at all then and had terrific good luck. The more I learn, the more anxious I become that it will produce well. The excitement of a seed in the ground can't be matched. You are very fortunate, Mitch, to have this experience in your personal history. Thank you for sharing with us.
Christi

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 24, 2008
6:12 PM

Post #4582255

(Or a seed in a winter sowing jug, for us slow learners, lol!)

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

February 24, 2008
6:44 PM

Post #4582381

Some cities, Boston is one, have community garden areas. In England people can rent "allotments". the ideas are not dead all the way.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 24, 2008
6:58 PM

Post #4582423

True, Iris, but maybe you really have to live in an apartment to realize how much you've lost. In the burbs we all have "lawns" and flowers.

Carrie
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

February 24, 2008
9:06 PM

Post #4582894

Right we have lost so much... and the lawn is such a new idea to waste space it is really sad...
Dea
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6a)

February 24, 2008
10:04 PM

Post #4583104

Great reminder Mitch - loved the article. Thanks!

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

February 24, 2008
10:58 PM

Post #4583297

How about veggies in the back yard (if you're not in an apartment ?)Planting in front of the house instead of a lawn sometimes runs into neighborhood restrictions. If not there you can start sneaking better planting into space bit by bit.
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

February 24, 2008
11:52 PM

Post #4583588

Yep - get them in there.. still better then the other choices for foods we can get!

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 24, 2008
11:56 PM

Post #4583610

First I need to teach my family that veggies are not poisonous, lol, and we have many restrictions in Milton about what your curb is 'supposed' to look like. I'm planning to start with Jan's container personal container-grown melon.

http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/333/

edited to add link to Jan's article!

x, Carrie

(Do you happen to know the last frost date for MA? I should look it up.)

This message was edited Feb 24, 2008 7:00 PM
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

February 25, 2008
12:12 AM

Post #4583686

I know mine is in March but I push it each year!

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

February 25, 2008
12:21 AM

Post #4583714

Frost date: usually sometime in mid-Oct. My daughter in MN has a small space in her backyard where she grows cucumbers & cherry tomatoes. Even 3 or 4 plants of those small tomatoes are enough for the family of 4.
darlindeb
Claremore, OK

February 25, 2008
1:24 AM

Post #4583987

Good job! In my area of the country there is an interest in buying local produce. I'm seeing more and more farmers' markets spring up.

I think a basic understanding of gardening and farming is important to pass on to children.
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

February 25, 2008
2:02 AM

Post #4584155

That it is - very important... teaches them so many lessons.
Aunt_A


February 25, 2008
2:13 AM

Post #4584189

Wonderful article, Mitch. I remember your Great-Grandparents (on your grandma's side) or maybe it was your grandma talking about a Victory Garden. Your Grandparents Carl were wonderful gardeners. Grandpa was a bit fanatic about his gardens and the soil. Seemed like he was always screening the soil. They always sent home wonderful food everytime we visited: It was usually carrots, corn, hickory nuts, the most delicious (and huge) Black Berries, Peaches and on and on. Grandpa could make the best jellies out of anything. He made wine out of anything too...Corn cob wine even. Their deep freeze was always full. Gardening is a wonderful gift to pass on to future generations; keep it up, Mitch! I wish your cousins loved gardens, too!
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

February 25, 2008
3:15 AM

Post #4584488

Thank you :-)

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 25, 2008
3:31 AM

Post #4584577

wait -- Aunt A is Mitch's Aunt? Where are all my aunts? Helloooooooo?

xxxx, Carrie
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

February 25, 2008
3:32 AM

Post #4584580

She sure is :-) on my mothers side. I am very blessed to have both sets of grandparents that have always really been into gardening.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 25, 2008
3:42 AM

Post #4584610

Yeah, but on DG? That is too good to be true!
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

February 25, 2008
12:29 PM

Post #4585370

Yep, life is so very very good!
Aunt_A


February 27, 2008
4:41 AM

Post #4594500

Awww...so sweet.

Mitch is a wonderful nephew! He introduced DavesGarden to me. (What can I say...we strolled through the garden together when he was just 4 or 5 and I was a teen. He could already name most of the plants...and my mom planted quite a variety.)

His great grandpa would have probably been on DavesGarden too if he hadn't already moved on to another garden world (ummm...died).

We can't leave dirt alone! Wow, that sounds like a t-shirt saying: (Picture the words: "I can't leave dirt alone" along with a picture of some wonderful potted plants) I can hear it now (ha,ha)...Now I've got about 3 cute t-shirt sayings circling in my head...

MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

February 27, 2008
12:19 PM

Post #4595050

:-) yep... a great family to be born into!

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 27, 2008
7:38 PM

Post #4596886

Aunt, on zazzle.com you can design your own DG Tshirts with your own sayings! We have some for the North East forum like: the North East forum, where the nuts hang out, with a graphic of nuts hanging on a tree branch. Just a thought. x, Carrie
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

February 27, 2008
8:01 PM

Post #4596976

She just might do that... i saw those North East Forum shirts - very smart!
Aunt_A


March 1, 2008
1:24 AM

Post #4606665

Carrielmont and MitchF:
Hey, thanks! I'll check out zazzle.com. I designed some t-shirts at another on-line place, but didn't really like the site. Appreciate the info.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 1, 2008
9:28 AM

Post #4607851

(I guess I'll hve to chnge my name now, thnk?) x, Crre
Aunt_A


March 1, 2008
4:47 PM

Post #4608749

Naw...I just can't spell as fast as I think. Sorry. If I left the A's out of my name...I'd just be

Unt_

Ha,ha!

My real name (first or last) wouldn't even work right!

I just noticed: my city without the "A" is" Broken Rrow. LOL

This message was edited Mar 1, 2008 10:55 AM

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