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Video: How to Plant a Victory Garden in Your Own Backyard

Sonoma Magazine's digital editor gets advice from local experts on how to grow a modern-day victory garden in her Santa Rosa backyard.

This spring, as the pandemic closed down much of society and caused disruptions to the food supply chain, people across the United States turned back to the land. They grew their own produce and, as an added bonus, experienced much-needed stress relief. Nursery vegetable starts and gardening essentials were soon sold out, seed company sales increased by a thousand percent, newspapers and media outlets talked about “a comeback for victory gardens.”

Sonoma Magazine’s digital editor, Sofia Englund, has also found added peace and calm by indulging her new passion for vegetable gardening in her backyard. She recently got to talk to local experts Tony Passantino, education program manager at the Sonoma Ecology Center, and Astrid and Matthew Hoffman, founders of The Living Seed Company.

In a television segment produced by Northern California Public Media PBS station KRCB, Tony, Astrid and Matthew help Sofia troubleshoot some problems she is experiencing in her fledgling garden and Tony talks about the history of the victory garden and its modern-day version. Watch the video here:

Editor’s Note: Travel, dining and wine tasting can be complicated right now. Use our inspirational ideas to plan ahead for your next outing, be it this week or next year. If you visit restaurants, wineries, and other businesses during the pandemic, remember to call ahead, make reservations, wear a mask and social distance.

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