The Best Plants for a Victory Garden

After World War I, the United States was sending so much food to Europe that government officials feared that food would be scarce. In an effort to avoid that, the government asked Americans to plant victory gardens. Posters championed the movement and the idea caught on nationwide. Gardening became a family affair and millions of American families took part. The victory garden emerged again during World War II. What Americans grew depended upon how much land they had access to. Smaller lots were usually filled with crops that grew up and not out, such as corn. Larger lots were planted with just about every vegetable you can name. What plants you decide to grow in your own victory garden will, of course, depend upon how much room you have and where you live. What will grow well in California may not thrive in Connecticut.

Green Beans

One of the easiest vegetables to grow is the green bean. It will also give you one of the largest crop yields so it's a great choice for a victory garden. Depending upon the size and configuration of your garden, you can plant either pole beans or bush beans. Green beans can be grown in containers as well. Green beans need lots of sunshine so it's best to wait until all danger of frost has passed and then choose a sunny location in your garden. The growers at Green Beans N' More claim that the best way to get more green beans in your garden is to keep picking them--the more you pick, the more the plants will produce.


Tomatoes are easy to grow as long as they get 6 to 8 hours of sun per day. They also need a good, well-draining soil. This is a versatile plant and can even be grown in a pot, provided it's large enough. Choose one that is at least 10 gallons. When you plant your tomato plants, growers recommend that you plant a full 2/3 of the plant underground. The best part of growing tomatoes is that they aren't overly thirsty plants; they only need water every week to 10 days, depending upon how hot it is in your area.

Root Vegetables

Carrots, radishes and turnips are just a few of the root vegetables to plant in a victory garden. These, too, can be grown in containers, so you won't need a lot of land in order to grow them. The most important aspect to growing root vegetables is the soil. It must be loose, deep and well-draining in order for the vegetables to grow properly. Root crops grow best in cool weather.

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Victoria Hunter, a former broadcaster and real estate agent, has provided audio and written services to both small businesses and large corporations. Hunter is a freelance writer specializing in the real estate industry. She devotes her spare time to her other passions: gardening and cooking. Hunter holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/creative writing.