Chicago: 312.420.1221 • Los Angeles: 323.999.1819


The “Victory Garden” Reimagined


Memorial Day is upon us, which means the weather is warming up. Since we most likely won’t be gathering in large crowds or watching parades this year, it’s the perfect time to engage in a new activity at home: gardening.

Victory gardens were popular during the two world wars for a reason: They supplemented the food supply and they boosted the morale at home. Gardening – being outside and growing things – is good for the soul. Just puttering around in the dirt for a couple of hours can make a huge difference in your day. Not only is the sunshine beneficial in the form of Vitamin D, but the fresh air helps with sleep.

This year, as we all continue to shelter at home instead of gathering for family picnics or barbecues, it’s the perfect opportunity to get outside and start digging.

Garden in the backyard

The garden has evolved in ways we never could have imagined only a few years ago. From rooftop oases to backyard pergolas, gardening in small spaces has taken on new meaning… and new design. 

One of our favorite go-to resources for creating beautiful custom gardens in California is Farmscape – where my daughter, Catherine, is their landscape architect. They build long-standing gardens unique to your space. If you’re in the Midwest, however, The Organic Gardener provides a similar service. Both are ideal for creating a home garden that looks like it was part of the original plan for your home.

Drawing of potted plants

If, however, your space is more limited, or you only want to focus on a few crops, a container garden is the way to go. You can use any size or type of container you wish to grow your favorite herbs, tomatoes, peppers, or other vegetables.

A container garden can easily provide you with fresh food throughout the summer months, without having to do a lot of weeding or ground preparation.

However you choose to spend this holiday weekend, whether it’s outside with your hands in the dirt, or inside relaxing with a cool beverage and reading a favorite book – everyone at CMFTO wishes you a Happy Memorial Day!

All my best,

« »