Welcome to a guided tour of three boulevard gardens in Victoria, BC: the “Fair Field”, the “Haultain Common” and the “Haultain Annex”. These are open gardens, where anyone can pick. Yes, anyone can pick!
Feel free to pick boulevard berries, leaves, flowers and seeds! Please pick only what you know, and only when you know it’s ready. Harvest News can help.
Kindly treat these open gardens the way you would like other people to treat them, with ideals of “community”, “sustainability” and “sharing” in mind.
If you are craving guidelines that are more specific, please consider these:
- The Haultain Common is big and bountiful, and some plants can benefit from heavy picking. For example, you are welcome to fill a basket with goji berries to take home for your freezer, or to thoroughly harvest a large patch of calendula and borage.
- In contrast, the Haultain Annex and the Fair Field are smaller and still taking shape, so lighter picking is preferred. For example, pick what you’d like to sample on the spot, or what you’d like to take home for your immediate use and enjoyment. Please avoid taking the last few leaves, flowers or seed clusters from any particular plant.
- Avoid pulling or digging out a plant roots-and-all. Perennials (e.g. berry bushes) must stand proudly in place to produce year after year. Even annuals (e.g. kale; arugula) should be left standing so that they can live to seed another day (and even if they wither away, the rotting roots can feed the soil).
- Exception: Feel free to uproot any grass you see and leave it lying in the garden to rot. In these gardens, grass is a nasty weed when it regrows but a nice mulch where it rests.
- Let’s collaborate on planting decisions so that our efforts can work in harmony. If you have something you’d like to plant, please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sharing space; sharing knowledge; sharing seed, food and flowers! We can do it!