Gardening Tricks

Repeating the Past May Have Some Benefits


Grow Orchids and VegetablesThe victory garden of the 1940s was a very popular wartime activity. It served several purposes. Many foods were rationed and it was a good chance to have fresh vegetables. It was also a good way to show your support for the war effort.

There were very large campaigns that encouraged everyone to grow their own vegetables and people responded. Millions of gardens sprang up in yards, vacant lots and anywhere that there was space. It made a large contribution to the country’s food supply.

To read more about this, check out an article from the Smithsonian about these victory gardens.

Good for the Environment

This is an excellent way to do something for yourself and the environment at the same time. Home grown vegetables do not have to utilize harsh chemicals that can be hard on the land and water. They are also much safer to eat.


Caring for orchids can give you some exercise. However, it is a lot more exercise if you get out and cultivate and plant a garden. You will also get a lot of fresh air and sunshine. Many people do not get enough sunshine and sunshine is a major source of vitamin D.

Stress Relief

It is a known fact that exercise can help to relieve stress. A hobby is also an excellent stress buster. It gives you a chance to take your mind away from all the things that trouble you.

Good Family Activity

This may be a good activity to involve the family in. Children can learn important things about nature, first hand. Many children and parents rarely see each other during the week. A common activity can be an important part of everyone’s lives.

Saving Money

Growing your own vegetables can save a lot of money. Produce prices at grocery stores continue to rise. It is cheaper for people to buy junk food and this contributes to the growing obesity epidemic. You can save money and become a little healthier in the process.

There are many good reasons to bring back the victory garden concept. It is good exercise and good for the environment. It may help to relieve stress and bring families and neighbors together. It can also help to improve health and save grocery money.

The supplies you need for orchids aren’t that different from supplies you need to grow your own vegetables. Get started now. 9 Supplies for Orchid Growing.

Your Comments

3 Comments so far

  1. Michelle says:

    I love the ideas. I describe myself as a very workaholic person in a severe way. Now, my family will move to our new home, and I am planning to arrange a garden. I hope this plan will work out for our family bonding because we are one of those families who rarely see each other. And planting vegetables will be at the top of our list.

  2. shane says:

    We consider our family as environmentalists. We join tree planting and cleaning projects. That is why our home has its own version of nature; we developed a garden and planted many trees and plants. There are orchids as well taken care by my mom. But my favourite spot is the veggie bed, where we planted so vegetables for our own usage.

  3. Mary Ann says:

    Michelle – that’s a wonderful plan. Gardening can really bring families together. I’m not sure how old your children are, but usually kids really get into digging in the dirt and watching things grow.

    Shane – That sounds lovely. There’s nothing like the taste of home grown vegetables. They are so fresh and delicious. I’m glad your family does this together.


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