When the going gets tough, the tough get GROWING!

Lately I’ve noticed many friends proudly posting pictures of their home-grown fruits, vegetables and herbs  on social media. The size and variety of these “crops” are amazing, and often produced in a small raised planter along the side of their home.

As a child, I remember a time when families planted their front yards with fruits and vegetables. During World War II these were called “Victory Gardens” and produced about 40 percent of our Nation’s fresh vegetables.

It was reported that there were over 20 million home gardens throughout the Nation. Sadly, after the war ended, landscaping changed from home gardens to well-manicured lawns and bright flower beds.

Then came COVID19, community lock-downs, and concern about maintaining a diet of fresh vegetables and fruits. Suddenly gardens started popping up in even the smallest of apartments. The busiest places to visit were nurseries and seed stores which thankfully were considered “essential businesses”.

Whether you have room to grow rows of vegetables, or a small wall for a vertical garden, the University of Hawaii CTHAR is a valuable resource for home gardeners. Included in the website are helplines to master gardeners, advice on how to design and build a home garden, pests & diseases, detailed information on growing specific fruits and vegetables, and much more! CTHAR also offers a seed program where you can purchase specific, nonGMO seeds which are proven producers in Hawaii’s tropical climate.

Today you may just want to set aside the news, turn off the television and tend to your garden. I like what Minnie Aumonier once said, “When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, there is always the garden.”

During World War II, some 20 million Victory Gardens
were planted in the United States.
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