This was a much ballyhooed term used to get you off your (sitting tool) and plant a truck type garden. If the general population seriously began to feed themselves then the government could divert some of the food infrastructure to the war effort.
In the early forties food was becoming a BIG business quickly. Using those resources could really help! Remember, fertilizer, weed, and bug control were still natural, not bought at the garden department. One could purchase the requisite seed at the hardware or general store, along with the shovel and rake. (What tiller?)
Growing your own can be delightful! Fresh cucumbers, yum. Green beans. Tomatoes?
Now I have to protect my pineapple patch from a possible frost tonight.
Pineapple patch!!!!! I keep telling my husband we need to move somewhere warm where I can grow pineapples, avacados, oranges, coconuts and pomegrantes. Sounds like a great life.
Well...enjoy some nice fresh pineapple for all of us!
Don't forget the lemons and bananas! My boyfriend is from NY and even though he hates the south he says our lemons are 3 times as big and sweet. A single pineapple takes forever to grow, but they are so beautiful.