During World War II, 20 million victory gardens helped feed America. Today's gardeners are in it for the ultrafresh food, of course, but also for the pleasure and health benefits of digging in the dirt. Here, a guide to modern seed-sowing.

August 01, 2011

In this Article:


 A Garden History

  • Edible Gardens
  • Edible Education
  • Farms, Food & the Planet
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    Garden History: Victory Gardens

    slideshow Going Green:
    A Garden History

    Edible Gardens

    Farm to Bottle

    Gardens: Belvedere Vodka

    Vodka Belvedere's new Bloody Mary vodka needs nothing more than tomato juice: It's infused with black pepper, horseradish, bell pepper, chiles, lemon and vinegar. $35.

    Gin From the Dutch family behind Ketel One vodka, the new, intensely fragrant Nolet's Silver gin is distilled with white peach, Turkish roses and raspberries. $50.

    Garden Recipes

    Zucchini-Ricotta Fritters

    Zucchini-Ricotta Fritters
    Mario Batali's zucchini fritters include rocambole garlic, a super-pungent hardneck variety.

    Avocado, Orange and Jicama Salad

    Avocado, Orange and Jicama Salad
    Feta is a fun, briny addition to this salad's Mexican mix of jicama, avocado and cilantro.

    Iced Herbal Tea

    Iced Herbal Tea
    "I love to make herb water with plants like pineapple sage and rosemary, which can be hard to use up," says blogger Willi Galloway of digginfood.com.

    Gardens: Edible Education

    Visitors can literally chew the scenery at these vegetable and herb gardens cropping up at botanical gardens across the US.

    Gardens: Green Cleaners

    Mrs. Meyer's produces powerful, all-natural cleaners like this spray, which has a subtle rosemary scent and works on all kitchen surfaces. $4; mrsmeyers.com.

    Green Cleaners: Caldrea

    Naturally antiseptic birch bark extract is combined with essential oils of basil and blue sage in Caldrea's earth- friendly, multi-purpose cleanser. $12; caldrea.com.

    Green Cleaners: Replenish

    The detachable bottom of Replenish cleaner contains enough concentrate for four bottles; just replace an empty soap capsule and add water. $8; myreplenish.com.

    Photos (l to r) courtesy of: Mrs. Meyer's, Caldrea, Replenish.

    Gardens: New Floral Designs

    Gardens: A New Crop of Shops

    Dig Weed whackers and wine go hand-in-gardening-glove at places like Santa Cruz, California's Dig, which hosts a weekly pop-up restaurant in its greenhouse. This avocado, orange and jicama salad (left) is from artist MB Boissonnault.

    Merrifield Garden Center The Gainesville, Virginia, shop has a new wine store with 400 different bottles. merrifieldgardencenter.com.

    Gardens: Pitchfork

    Pitchforks & Tablespoons The Austin shop sells everything from gardening tools to wines by the glass.

    video Video: Garden Recipes & Tips

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