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Explorer roses add an explosion of colour to the garden.


First-time gardeners took up the chal-


lenge, turning over patches of lawn to create gardens and, almost overnight, millions of gardens popped up all over the country. Gardeners grew vegeta- bles, fruit and herbs and gardens were planted not only at private homes but in public parks. Today, unemployment and the rising


Peppers, lettuce and tomatoes are grown in pots as well.


cost of food have led many people to turn to food banks or to choose cheap processed food over healthy vegetables and fruit. That’s where the idea of a 21st century victory garden comes in. It expands the original purpose of the war-time garden. Now, not only can you garden to support your own family, but you can plant a row for neighbours, charities or others in need of fresh food. In an era where everything is mass produced and artificial, including our food, these types of gardens are a victory indeed – a victory that promotes basic values, healthy home-grown food and a sense of community. Sharon O’Brien began her victory


Interplanting vegetables increases the garden’s yield. 10 • Summer 2015


garden in Leaside, one of the most popular and more expensive neighbour- hoods in Toronto, three years before her home officially became part of the


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