This is how I spent my Saturday…

helping build some raised beds for Jason Haas’ Victory Garden. A great time was had by all, and I look forward to seeing the bounty that Jason’s garden produces.

The completed beds

Zach and Nick helping out

Now I just can’t wait to get a house of our own so my family can start our own Victory Garden.


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14 thoughts on “This is how I spent my Saturday…

  1. How cool!

    I wanted to plant a garden so bad this year but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. 🙁

    Maybe next year…

  2. “Now I just can’t wait to get a house of our own so my family can start our own Victory Garden.”

    I hope you guys aren’t looking for a house in SM…

  3. Anon, we are looking for a house in South Milwaukee. We’ve put down roots here, and I don’t want to uproot the kids.

  4. I was just kidding. We are in the middle of a few projects so we aren’t ready to sell it…but I look forward to the day the “For Sale” sign goes up or I should say to when the “Sold” sign goes up. 🙂

  5. What’s the difference between a “victory garden” and just a regular backyard garden?

  6. “forgotmyscreenname” has a good question.

    Zach, are you just calling your raised gardens “Victory” gardens because we are at war? I plant a garden every year so I have never referred to my garden as a Victory garden. Do you live in a large apartment complex? Can you do any flower box gardens? Zach, you and your kids are welcome to stop by my house if you want to plant a couple things (or pull weeds)!

    “Victory gardens, also called war gardens or food gardens for defense, were vegetable, fruit and herb gardens planted at private residences in United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Germany[1] during World War I and World War II to reduce the pressure on the public food supply brought on by the war effort. In addition to indirectly aiding the war effort these gardens were also considered a civil “morale booster” — in that gardeners could feel empowered by their contribution of labor and rewarded by the produce grown. Making victory gardens became a part of daily life on the home front.”

  7. There really isn’t a reason as to why we didn’t plant a garden this year other than it seems like we always wait until the last minute and then we feel the pressure and decide to do it next year. Besides…I have really sucky neighbors and knowing them they would probably piss in it when I’m not looking so I think it’s best we just wait until we move.

  8. I’m calling it a Victory Garden because that’s what the folks who planned the event are calling it. Here’s more info on why they chose to call these “Victory Gardens:”

    The Victory Garden Initiative of WWI and WWII began to support the war effort. People throughout the United States grew their own produce in yards, parks, and other community spaces so that all available resources could go towards the war effort. At this time, we are once again in our green spaces growing food, but today we are fighting a different kind of battle. We are fighting for food security from an industrial agriculture system that is destroying our health and the health of our ecosystems. We are fighting for freedom from big oil interests. For resilient communities that support one another. For strong local economies that resist corporate greed. For a connection to cycle of life. And for good, tasty food…from garden to plate.

    I hope that answers your questions.

    I’m doing a small window herb garden here at home, but hopefully it won’t be long before we’ve got a house and a garden of our own.

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