Gardening tips from Vancouver collective Victory Gardens

Victory Gardens is a team of urban farmers who specialize in transforming all types of urban space for food production. Their goal is to enable people to grow food by providing all the necessary educational tools and infrastructure for successful harvests. Their team made up of, Lisa Giroday, Sandra Lopuch, Sam Philips, Elly Rakmetouline and Maxim Winther. They offer workshops, one-­on-one garden advice and can build garden beds for any space you need. We got the talking about greens and gardens and were immediately inspired to eat a salad and grow a garden.

TELL US WHAT MAKES A GARDEN SUCCESSFUL:

Some of the key factors of a successful garden are not only successful harvests and the ability to grow and consume your own food, but the ability to plan your garden so that you can plant and harvest as long as possible throughout the year, making
the most of the space you have to grow. Most importantly, a successful garden is one that makes the grower feel excited, satisfied, and empowered. A garden’s success is measured by the feeling one gets when working and learning in the garden, or when cooking a meal from a harvest and sharing it with loved ones.

TELL US WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST CHALLENGING SPACE YOU’VE HAD TO CREATE IN A GARDEN:

I’m not sure if I can pinpoint a specific garden that was a challenge. Some of the most challenging gardens, in general, have been patio gardens up four story walk­ups with no elevator (not to be obvious). Planning a garden design that works not only with the outdoor specs, but with the many corridors and hallways it might need to travel through to get to the final destination. And, of course, we also have had some physically challenging garden builds. We love it all!

Photo : Gillian Stevens