Tuesday, October 29, 2013
In reading the Spark article on the history of American home gardening, I ran across this interesting set of factoids:
" In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson and First Lady Edith Wilson brought sheep to graze and fertilize the White House lawns in an effort to save manpower, fuel, and chemicals, so they could instead be used in the war. In 1943, the Roosevelts planted a "victory garden" on the White House grounds. A victory garden was a private or community vegetable garden, either in a backyard or public area, where people could grow food for their families and communities. This was done in order to reduce demands on the country’s resources.
This effort was extremely successful, ... more than 20 million home gardens were supplying 40& of the produce consumed in America by the end of WWII. "
FORTY PER CENT!!! WOW!
A Brief History of Vegetable Gardening
The Evolution of America's Green Thumb