Irene E. McDermott
INTERNET EXPRESS Reference Librarian/System Manager
Crowell Public Library, City of San Marino
Grow Your Own
Home Horticulture on the Web
I’m beginning to understand why Aunt Bert still wraps even the
smallest leftovers in tin foil to freeze. The stress of the Depression
permanently shaped her mind so that she automatically acts as if
sudden deprivation lurks. That behavior seemed maladaptive in
the prosperous decades following World War II. But now, with
horrible economic news assaulting us daily, I’m beginning to
wonder if she’s so crazy after all.
T hink back to World War II, when the govern-
ment urged citizens to fight food shortages by
growing their own “victory gardens.” According to
the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education
and Extension System (CSREES) [http://www.
Citizens helped to win World War II by
csrees.usda.gov/qlinks/extension.html], “An esti- growing their own food.
mated 15 million families planted victory gardens
in 1942, and in 1943 some 20 million victory gardens produced Food Gardening Guide: National Gardening Association
more than 40 percent of the vegetables grown for that year’s http://www.garden.org/foodguide/browse
fresh consumption.” “Whether you’re growing basil, blueberries, or bok choy, the
The public responded to the national crisis by growing Food Gardening Guide will give you all the information you
much of its own food, and the effort helped to win the war. To- need to succeed.” Find advice about planting, fertilizing, and
day, the U.S. fights wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the eco- pests, and read about the featured food crop of the month.
nomic collapse could be considered a third front right here at
home. Even folks who still have jobs and homes hear the sour Dave’s Garden
news and feel destitute and hopeless. Growing food in our own http://davesgarden.com
gardens can alleviate our anxiety, help us to feel self-sufficient, This portal features articles, forums, how-to videos, and a
and save money. Because our food does not have to travel 1,500 wonderful resource with its more than 400,000 registered mem-
miles to get to us, our gardens help fight global warming. We bers. As the site boasts, “This is a gold mine of friendly advice
get some sun and exercise. And we get the health benefits of and knowledge shared by experienced gardeners from around
eating fresh vegetables and fruit. the world.”
Let’s beat back dejection and penury by getting outside and
plunging our hands deep into the warm spring soil! The Victory Garden
Landscape architect Jamie Durie hosts the longest-running TV
garden show. The accompanying website offers advice on growing
The web overflows with bounteous advice about how to grow food in your own backyard. Read about great new varieties of
food in the family garden. Here are some gardening portals. vegetables as well as garden project ideas and maintenance tips.