As I mentioned in a previous post, more and more urban dwellers are growing their own produce. As fuel prices rise, inflation sets in, and corn becomes scarce, starting and expanding a home garden becomes more than just a fun past-time; it offers an opportunity for food security. Here’s how Pamela Price of Texas describes her garden:
How Our Victory Garden Came to Be
Both my husband and I grew up in the South, where home gardens and farms are a part of everyday life. My grandfather and my husband’s grandmother were both respected for their gardening skills, and we hope to pass along this life-sustaining skill to our child. To that end, thinking that we’d finally turn our attention from ornamentals to vegetables in our large suburban yard near San Antonio, we opted for a raised bed kit purchased online earlier this year. Because the soil in our area is rocky and poor, a raised bed provided us with the opportunity to control soil quality, allowing us to grow a wider variety of produce. Essentially, we have a giant container garden! As you can see from the photo, we trellised our cucumbers to save space and placed squash where they could trail, too. (Alas, a series of mishaps took out several of our squash plants…gardening is an adventure!) To protect our more tender plants from the blazing Texas sun, we experimented a bit and finally decided on using a burlap cover. This is our first veg garden at this particular location, but we anticipate expanding the garden through the addition of another raised bed and capitalizing on mild winters by eventually gardening year ’round.
Photo from the private collection of Pamela Price.