Victory Gardens
Victory Gardens

Compost in Victory Gardens


(attributed to US War Coordinating Committee, 1943)

Have you joined the rejuvenated Victory Garden movement? Millions of Americans who are sheltering in place due to the current COVID-19 restrictions have turned to their gardens for exercise, family activity, health produce and fun!

Where did the term “Victory Gardens” Come From?

During World War II, labor shortages stretched the nation’s food production system to its limits. Americans were encouraged to harvest their own food by establishing “Victory Gardens” at their own homes.  Twenty million Americans answered the call, growing fresh produce that helped the nation prevail through a difficult time.  By 1944, historians estimate 20 million victory gardens were planted for a harvest of about eight million tons of food. This equaled more than 40 percent of all the fresh fruits and vegetables consumed in the United States, according to federal government statistics at the time.

Victory Gardens served another function, too: creating unity. Neighbors helped neighbors, sharing tips and extra produce. Families learned to become more self-reliant, lessening their impact on our industries and environment. The majority of Victory Gardens were likely organic!

Food production again has come under enormous pressure. Growing a Victory Garden is a great way to sustain your family, community, and the planet through times of uncertainty.

Here's a historic video!

Compost and the Victory Garden

Compost is an essential ingredient to a successful Victory Garden, providing nutrients and organic matter to replenish tired soil. Even if you are unable to get soil tests, a 5% compost to soil ratio will help your garden flourish!  Often this means adding compost 1-2” deep for every 6-8” of soil you dig into.

US Composting Council (USCC) and the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation (CCREF)’s International Compost Awareness Week program (ICAW) teamed up to kick off a new campaign that gives us all something beneficial to our marketing and good news to disseminate: Use compost in your Victory Garden!


Find Compost Here

We can help you find compost sources to grow your garden.


Marketing Info for Manufacturers

Modifying your marketing efforts to respond quickly to changing situations is challenging.  We have gathered email templates, graphics, social media schedule, and other resources here to help USCC members with specialized marketing during COVID-19.

Connect to Resources

Using Compost Info for Gardeners

Compost is an essential ingredient to a successful Victory Garden, providing nutrients and organic matter to replenish tired soil. We have gathered seed sources and how-to-garden resources here to help you grow food with compost.

Connect to Resources

Creating Compost Info for Food Scraps

Consider keeping your leftover food scraps at home. We can help you keep your food scraps and landscape debris out of the landfills, while increasing compost to feed the land. With these tools, you can create compost at home.

Connect to Resources