New Stories From 'Urban Agriculture Notes'
Random header image... Refresh for more!

Saanich, British Columbia, Food-garden Revolution

Homeowner and avid food gardener Sheila Jones checks out the juicy nectarines growing above her salad garden, planted at the bottom of the deck stairs. Photograph By Adrian Lam, Times Colonist [Sheila worked for City Farmer in 1987.]

Jones has transformed the 10,000-square-foot lot into a thriving vegetable and flower garden, growing everything from nectarine trees and espaliered peach trees to medieval plants used for medicinal purposes.

By Kim Westad
Times Colonist
Sept. 2, 2017


The raised-bed garden now covers about 80 per cent of the backyard.

Jones grows what the family loves. Two-metre high artichokes are given prime real estate. The family lived in California for a time and love them.

“I love turning what we grow into great food for my family and friends.”

Numerous varieties of basil, peppers, tomatoes and onions translate to more than 100 quarts of salsa in the basement cold room; lemon verbena becomes a simple syrup, which is frozen for exotic popsicles or ice cubes in a holiday punch; skull cap becomes a tincture. Jones, an illustrator, also has a degree as a holistic health practitioner and grows ancient herbs to use as natural remedies.

“Don’t grow stuff that continually does poorly unless you really want to master it. Grow things you love.”

She grows her plants from seed, transplanting them to the garden. Everything is grown organically. Rather than using pesticides, she encourages good bugs.

Read the complete article here.