Eighty-year-old Giovanni DeLuca checks on his artichokes that should be ready for picking at the Agnes Street gardens in Saanich.

Eighty-year-old Giovanni DeLuca checks on his artichokes that should be ready for picking at the Agnes Street gardens in Saanich.

Garden harvest

Eighty-year-old Giovanni DeLuca checks on his artichokes that should be ready for picking at the Agnes Street community garden in Saanich.

Eighty-year-old Giovanni DeLuca checks on his artichokes that should be ready for picking at the Agnes Street community garden in Saanich.

One of the original gardeners at the popular community gardens. DeLuca starts working in his garden in January. His secret for youthfulness is not to drink wine, smoke and try to lead an active life.

For more on the Agnes Street community garden, click here.