Victory Gardening

Way back before I moved to Small Town Saskatchewan I lived in an apartment in the city. I container gardened, a little, and that was that. Then I moved to a spot where I had a yard, resources, time, and started in on the real garden. That’s part of my fairy tale. Victory gardens, of course, were what regular citizens (well, mostly women) were encouraged to plant during the world wars because there just wasn’t enough food to go around. With the pandemic happening there’s that same sort of flavour, even here where we aren’t doing too badly. People are much more interested in growing food.

I live in a Zone 3B which means… it’s cold in the winter. Tomatoes and peppers grow, if the frost doesn’t hit early. Melons and squash do okay if the droughts aren’t too bad or they’re babied. Root veggies are the biggies. So of course I started a pile of tomatoes and peppers from seeds.

Ro is a big fan of the plants. She’s examined each and sat on the seedling tray more than once while my back was turned. The remaining seedlings are pretty hardy.

I potted the tomato seedlings to harden them off a bit and started a few rows of faster stuff – zucchini and other squash, some romaine lettuce. The rest is waiting on the normal last frost date (mid May here) and for us to clean up the plot we share on a friend’s property.

While I’ve gardened in the past I’ve never really put up a lot of food. My potatoes get eyes early and my onions get a little squishy. I can some pickles and freeze some tomato sauce but I admit that this year I’m gonna be a little more diligent.

Anyone else concentrating on their gardening a bit extra this year?