I’ve tried my best to not mention the B word on this blog for as long as I can, however, I’ve been going through my stats and I’ve noticed something rather interesting…
Why am I writing this post?
So, back in January 2017, I set out and attempted to grow a victory garden at the allotment – and I did it as an experiment and to see if I can use methods of the past to be more efficient.
You can read about the process and how it went here – but to cut along story short, if I’m honest, I didn’t really see the whole process through to the end.
What is a victory garden? (a quick recap)
Victory Gardens (or war gardens) were pioneered during World War I and World War II as a means to combat the food shortage that war brings to imports and exports. These gardens would encourage people to not rely so heavily on the public food supply, and this would ultimately aid the war effort on the home front. Over time these green spaces were considered a “morale booster”. Eventually, victory gardens played a major role in everyday life.
Having looked at my stats, evolving around this post, I’m wondering if the current political climate as boosted an interest in gardening and growing your own fruit and veg…
A sudden interested in growing your own?
I’m going to do something that not many bloggers do that often and that’s to talk about and reveal some of my blog statistics – and that’s because I’ve noticed one post attract more attention than the rest since the start of the year.
Growing a modern victory is the post that has been seen the most so far this year – averaging about 40 views a day and counting. Weekly views for this particular post are increasing from 20-40% each week.
I’ll let the below screenshots for this post do the talking…
Average per day
Months and years
Before I go any further, I have no idea what ‘Brexit’ is, besides it meaning that the United Kingdom will no longer be part of the European Union. My opinions on the matter count for mist (generally speaking) – with no substance, no weight.
This is because since before and after the referendum my preferences have been flip flopping from way to the next.
It’s no secret that the possibility food shortages hitting consumers at the the result of a no deal Brexit have donned the headlines.
This speculation by the press is because the UK imports more than it produces – meaning that fresh fruit and vegetables may become more expensive.
I’m wondering if this press speculation and the coverage of potential food shortages is starting to make people think about growing their own fruit and veg to cater for a hike in supermarket prices.
Has this coverage sparked a ‘keep calm and carry on’ or ‘dig for victory’ spirit when it comes to food and bracing for uncertain times?
Or… Has this interest always been there?