As mentioned before, I’m working on a re-design of this site for 2011.
Essentially, I want to streamline the content and make it more user-friendly for would-be gardeners and folks generally interested in the “victory garden” phenomenon. (I also plan to translate part of the site into Spanish. Any volunteers to help with that?)
Along the lines of the redesign, I asked on Facebook this week:
What are ***your*** ideas/thoughts/suggestions on how we can engage other new, upstart gardeners with the concept of Victory Gardening in 2011?
If you stress the price comparison of buying vs growing, knowing where your food comes from, knowing that your food will not be recalled, and how gardening can be a stress reliever, I think you can convert some people to garden. With the food prices skyrocketing and fuel prices too, people are cutting budgets. – Bonnie Williams
I like the idea of promoting apartment gardening. So much is attainable with a simple flower pot. Yes, apt gardening has many obstacles. Unsupervised children is naming one and I’ve got four years experience with this. Alleviate this by bringing them into the garden! I refer to them as ladybug co-pilots and worm wranglers. I teach them about beneficial bugs and how to be gentle in the garden. I also give them vegetable seeds for their own pots. We’ve removed children from gardens just as we’ve removed vegetable gardens from society. The Dinner Garden is one nonprofit setting out to change this. The more apartment managers who join this, the merrier! – Julie McClaren, aka “The Seed Whisperer”
I think that teaching people how to garden without having to weed and plow will go a long way towards encouraging people to give gardening a try. Many people have memories of helping in their parent’s gardens at a time when gardening was a lot of work and very little fun. When people learn that gardening does not necessarily mean straight rows of crops and weed pulling by hand, they seem to be willing to give it another look. – Holly Hirshberg