Concerns about the coronavirus have made leaving the house to go grocery shopping, surrounded by other people, feel downright dangerous. But one can't exist on rice and spaghetti alone. If you're concerned about a shortage of fresh vegetables in your fridge, you might be a prime candidate for the victory garden trend.
Victory gardens first became a thing about a hundred years ago during World War I, when Americans at home, away from the battlefield, were urged to contribute to the cause by growing vegetables in every flowerpot and patch of land available. These victory gardens resurged during World War II, and they're enjoying yet another rebirth today due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the New York Times, seed companies are currently inundated with requests, and some are reporting a shipping backlog of close to a month.
"Even with a small amount of acreage, homeowners are able to grow large gardens—and these assets can reduce the number of trips to the grocery store and reduce your odds of contracting the COVID-19 virus," says Tim MacWelch, owner and lead instructor at Advanced Survival Training in Northern Virginia.
Here's more about the history of victory gardens, plus some advice for planting your own little patch of edible foliage fast.
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