Victory Gardens were initially proposed and promoted by the government in times of war as a way for families to aid the war efforts and become more self-sufficient. These were in a way the first urban gardens and community gardens. There were advised crops as well as outlines of efficient garden layouts and rotations to maximize production in a small space. Here is a little background on the history. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victory_garden This article contains a great image that shows the concept of how to plant a victory garden. https://thehomesteadsurvival.com/victory-garden-family/ This topic came up recently in conjunction with another gardening topic and @lazy gardener and I thought it could use a little more attention and discussion of its own. Spring is now around the corner and it's time to start planning for the garden. Personally I like to view the garden as a way to feed my household fresh, healthy food. Victory Gardens seem to be a natural starting point for me with only a small plot of a a few raised beds. Please share your experience with this type of gardening below. Please be sure to include your geographic information and/or climate zone number. What works in one part of the world may not be possible in another. What has worked for you? What hasn't? What crops do you like to rotate? What crops do you like to grow side by side? What do you plant in spring? Then do you have a second planting later in the year? How big is your garden plot? How much can you produce in it? Do you have a great book or website that has helped you plan your garden? Anything else? This is about small scale gardening, not acres of crops or entire orchards or fields. This is about gardening for food, not landscaping. Composting, irrigation, and pest control are separate topics as well. I understand that all of this is part of gardening, but let's stay somewhat focused and let the garden planning begin!