In Case You were Wondering... Did you know that victory gardens - where VGL proudly gets its name - were fruit, vegetable, and herb gardens planted during World War I and World War II to help supplement the produce demands on the public food supply? Believe it or not, 1/3 of the nations food supply in those times came from victory gardens - directly from the yards of people like you and me. Read about it if you want! I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried. How about this one: the idea behind a lawn actually predates the 15th century, but they didn't really pick up steam in their current form until Western Europe picked them up as a way of displaying their great wealth to neighbors and visitors. Lawn mowers weren't even invented until 1830, so before that, large teams of physical laborers were employed to cut the grass with scythes or even shears. As of December 2014, our national debt is rapidly approaching $17 trillion, and public outrage regarding the nation's economy is growing just as quickly, but somehow we still find the money to water those signs of wealth despite widespread and growing drought in the past decade. Okay something more practical. During one good year in central Florida, one tomato plant of any indeterminate variety can effectively bear fruit from March until mid-January. If you do the math and assume a harvest of only one tomato per week, that's 46 tomatoes in one year. The average cost of organic tomatoes is $4.05 per pound. Obviously the variety of tomato you grow will affect how many pounds of tomatoes you harvest, but then again, most tomato plants will yield more than one tomato a week, too. The point is, nurturing one tomato plant a year can save you a very good chunk of change.

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