How-To: Start Your Own Victory Garden Yesterday Michelle Obama took part in the ground breaking of the White House Kitchen Garden. This is the first kitchen garden on the White House lawn since Eleanor Roosevelt planted a victory garden during World War II. Victory gardens were planted at home residences during World War I and II to increase families' food supplies and boost morale. From the Iraq war to the financial crisis, there are plenty of reasons to start a victory garden right now. Check out CasaSugar's tips for starting your own.