Recession Gardens

foundation-border-with-veggies-june-25-07Victory gardens are so last century. Now, according to CNN, at least, the time has come for “recession gardens.” CNN.com picked up a story for their web site from user-generated ireport.com on ‘Recession gardens’ trim grocery bills, teach lessons. I doubt that the stats on the increased interest in gardening will be a surprise to any of us. But the article does raise a good point, about where the people who are gardening for the first time are getting their information.

Veggie virgins are encouraged to talk face-to-face to gardening neighbors, or to join a community garden. But hey, what about finding local garden bloggers? Not even a mention of them in the nearly 100 comments, as far as I can tell. (Admittedly, I can’t figure out how to add a comment, so maybe other garden bloggers have the same problem.) I do know that Blotanical offers a great search feature on its home page, with country links (just below the main row of tabs at the top) that bring up maps of garden bloggers’ locations all over the globe, so there’s no excuse for saying that you can’t find great sources of local information on the Web.

Back at ireport.com itself, I see there’s a “victory garden” tag with dozens of posts, so maybe that old term isn’t so outdated after all. Want to share the story or video of your veggie garden there? (Hey, maybe CNN will find you too.) Here’s a link to the Victory Garden section. Looking for inspiration for adding edibles to your own garden? Check out our previous Garden Bloggers Design Workshop on Incorporating Edibles here and here.

About Nancy J. Ondra

Nan gardens on 4 acres in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In the firm belief that every garden ought to have a pretentious-sounding (or at least pretentious-looking) name, she refers to her home grounds as "Hayefield." There, she experiments with a wide variety of plants and planting styles, from cottage gardens and color-based borders to managed meadows, naturalistic plantings, and veggies--all under the watchful eyes of her two pet alpacas, Daniel and Duncan.

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4 Responses to Recession Gardens

  1. franniesorin April 3, 2009 at 12:14 am #

    Nan-
    An addendum to your timely article. A link to a NYTimes article on The Starter Garden, a new series which began yesterday.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/02/garden/02starter.html?hpw

  2. Dee/reddirtramblings April 5, 2009 at 8:56 pm #

    I’m all for them finding their local garden blogger, or in my case also, Examiner. :) I also take some offense to their use of “recession gardens.” Victory gardens sound upbeat like we can beat this thing, while recession gardens sound depressing. I don’t want to be depressed. I say to CNN, inspire me, make we want to taste a carrot straight from the ground. Great post Nan.~~Dee

    I agree, Dee; “recession garden” does sound depressing. The term “victory garden” is much more positive!
    -Nan

  3. Larua Z April 6, 2009 at 6:10 pm #

    I agree with Dee, recession is depressing. I like Victory Garden better; you have victory when you pick your crops! And it’s patriotic too. Laura

    Right, Laura! I never before considered harvesting as a form of triumph against adversity, but you certainly have a point.
    -Nan

  4. Ari April 9, 2009 at 7:12 pm #

    We’ve been growing food for a long time, because of the quality and fun. But, this economy has us believing in homegrown veggies so much we put up a website to chronicle it all!