Victory Gardens – a concept that dates back to World War I – are making a comeback in Coatesville and other places across the country, as people are turning to growing their own vegetables to relieve boredom and ensure access to at least some homegrown produce in case of a shortage, writes Mari Schaefer for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
After Jennifer Aylward-Kasitz started the Coatesville Victory Garden Club on Facebook, she invited her friends and neighbors in Coatesville to join and encouraged them to get their hands dirty.
The 39-year-old mother of three made sure to emphasize that no experience is needed. Her membership swelled to close to 150 within a few days.
Now, the group is filled with encouraging tips posted by members on how and what to grow and where to go to get free mulch. The posts are also filled with colorful photos of seed trays and new backyard plots that are popping up all over Coatesville.
“It’s been really lovely to see everybody helping each other,” said Aylward-Kasitz, who already had a garden but decided to make it larger this year. “All I did was get it started.”
Read more about victory gardens in The Philadelphia Inquirer here.