Victory Gardens... show what we can do!
About a month ago, when I began to realize how disruptive the virus would be once it got going here, I began preparing.... I'm sure a lot of us did, and beat the panic buying. Three weeks ago, I began planting a garden, even though our last frost date is April 15, it appeared the trend was to be an earlier/warmer spring than usual. I started in containers in case they had to go inside. Now, I have the garden about half planted in the ground... started with cooler crops, moving toward hot weather crops... tomatoes and peppers will probably be planted around April 1... ground cherries and Malabar spinach soon after. Since I've been staying in this resort/retirement area (helping an elderly relative) most folks (retirees from up north) have looked at me as the neighborhood redneck. Now, I notice them asking me questions and imitating me.... So, I propose we all become examples. As each of us comes into our early planting season in our regions, lets document our gardens (and livestock, if applicable), food preparation and preservation, etc. Maybe we could each do an individual blog about our "Victory Gardens" and link to each other. We could chat and brainstorm here on the forums... and trouble shoot, too! If a bunch of us did this, and worked together as a group, we could get some visibility on google and really help folks. So much of what I am doing is an experimental, shotgun approach - I've never grown food in a place like this.... sand and pines, low PH, lots of shade... neighbors too close in to eat the deer before they eat my garden (unless things really get bad), and no legal way to keep a few hens. So, if I can pull this off, there have to be some lessons I can share with others in similar places. So, a couple dozen of us couple probably represent most climates and unique regions. I'd love some feedback on this.... heck, it could be good for mental health in our anxious climate, too!