What Did You Win Gardens?

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Whatever Happened to Victory Gardens? In 1944 President Franklin Roosevelt once expressed, “I hope every American who possibly can will grow a victory garden this year. We found last year that even the smallest garden helped” (Roosevelt). More recently First Lady Michelle Obama made the decision to remove a portion of the lawn at the White House. Where the portion of lawn used to be, the First Lady planted a garden in an attempt to encourage the adoption of a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle (Staff, NPR). Instead of the praise she deserves for the contribution to her country and world, her attempts and encouragements to Americans have been widely and unfairly criticized by many commentators (Beam). How has this society reached the…show more content…
Gardens will also stimulate the health of homeowners, and would give the economy a much needed and healthy boost. The most popular choice of front lawns is a deep green and healthy grass which is envied because it is aesthetically pleasing, but maintaining this type of lawn creates great harm to the ecosystem. The amount of water required to maintain a lawn’s pleasing color is greatly dependent on the amount of water evaporated (“Ecological Impact”) which means that areas in the west require more water to keep their lawns attractive than in places that receive more rain. However water is growing scarce. Research done by Cristina Milesi of the Earth Observatory concludes, “Across the United States, water supplies are increasingly under pressure as populations grow. The water table has dropped hundreds of feet in many locations, and rivers and streams go dry for long stretches in various seasons as water is siphoned off for agriculture, industry, and individual residences” (“Ecological Impact”). Milesi’s research also indicates a shocking issue with carbon. Because of fertilizers and excess water, lawns are a carbon sink (“Ecological Impact”) and also a major cause of greenhouse gases. When using a lawn mower, lots of pollution is emitted. In 2009, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality found that an hour of gas-powered lawn mowing produces as much pollution as four hours of driving a car
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