Interest grows for WWII-style Victory Gardens amid coronavirus

Rebecca Crockett
April 07, 2020 - 9:09 am
A small backyard vegetable garden

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Kansas City, MO - On the homefront during WWII people were encouraged to grow their own vegetables to reduce the pressure on the public food supply and to boost morale.  They were called Victory Gardens.

Now, with much of the country under a quarantine due to the novel coronavirus that will likely last for several more weeks, some are embracing the idea for a modern time. 


So where to start your own 'Rona victory garden?  The soil.  

“You go out with a shovel and dig the ground. Pick up some in your hand, and if it crumbles apart easily, the soil is good. If it sticks together, the soil is bad," says Tony Tobin. 

Tobin has been sharing home, lawn & garden advice to the KC Metro for more than three decades on his weekly Saturday morning radio show on 98.1 KMBZ.


The next step, Tobin says, is to add a soil conditioner and cotton burr compost to your soil, choose your seeds, and grow. 

“Very easy to grow cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower, and those are super healthy plants," says Tobin. "Radishes, in good soil, are very easy to grow. Radishes from your ground are so much better than store bought radishes. Tomatoes and peppers, those are the easiest ones to grow and they don’t require a lot of room either.”

And if you live in an apartment, he says "you can grow a lot of vegetables in what is called a Smart Pot. You don’t want to grow in plastic pots or clay pots. The Smart Pot is a fabric pot and it breathes and you can have it right out in the sun and it doesn't get too hot and won’t hurt the plant roots.”


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