By Kathy Waters
Master Gardener 

Self-Suffiency Through Home Gardening: Part One


April 12, 2023

Purple tomatoes grown in Whitewater last year by the Hellie family. Photo by Courtney Hellie.

During World War I and World War II, farmers were called on to grow crops essential to feeding our troops such as potatoes, corn, wheat and cattle feed. Each person was allotted a specific amount of food, gas, heating oil, shoes, etc., to be sure our troops had what they needed. As a result of this rationing, vegetables were harder to come by.

To be sure their families had enough food to eat, people grew their own vegetables and called it their Victory Garden.

It seems that things are again getting to the place where we are growing our own vegetables. By doing this, we ensure that we have...

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