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Raspberry and blackberry bushes grow next to the vegetables.

megacity. Located north- east of downtown Toronto, in the vicinity of Eglinton Avenue East and Bayview Ave, it wouldn’t be the first place you’d expect to find a lush vegetable garden. Here, amidst the bustling

city, she chose to do some- thing different. She took a stand and created a garden that is so much more than a vegetable garden. Sharon’s victory garden not only provides her own family with healthy foods and treats but also her friends and people in need. After all, that is what a garden is all about – sharing. Since she started the garden, 20 years

ago, Sharon has continued to add to it. Her first vegetable garden has multiplied into three, accompanied by raspberry and blackberry patches that provide tasty summer snacking. An apricot tree and fig also produce sumptuous fruit for the picking. The garden’s beds are raised and mulched. A true vegetable garden, it is

filled with heirloom toma- toes, which she grows from seed every year, green beans, rhubarb, zucchini, peppers, pota- toes, kale and whatever else suits her that year. In addition to the gardens, Sharon’s deck and steps are adorned with pots filled with lettuces and other vegetables growing

among colourful flowers. A lilac tree fills the yard with its heady scent and Explorer roses put on a show of colour. She has made excellent use of her space by inter-planting and maximizing her garden’s yield. i

Are you interested in learn- ing more about the history of Victory Gardens? Visit to view an archived video from WWII on how to make a victory garden. It is a blast from the past and actually very informative.

Vegetables, flowers and shrubs grow in harmony. Summer 2015 • 11

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