Gardening in wartime

I wrote here about my Dad's Italian POWs in North Africa, and how charming they were.  One of the things he found especially memorably was how they coaxed gardens out of the desert.  Since it's Memorial Day, it's probably no coincidence that I found this NPR story, complete with amazing pictures, about people (soliders, civilians, prisoners) during times of war, growing gardens as an act of normalcy and strength.

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  • Ymarsakar

    Neo Neo Con writes about gardening too… I’m sure there are male gardeners in the blogosphere, but I don’t see the ones I go to post about gardening for some reason.

  • erp

    I don’t remember where I saw it, but there were pictures circulated around the net of a soldier in Iraq who planted a little patch of grass in front of his tent.

  • soccer dad

    Do you recall too that Saddam is/was a gardener?