The Garden at 485 Elm
People growing together:
a collaborative community garden in Montpelier, Vermont

Fall in the garden

Planting the perennial bed

Autumn: Planting the perennial bed

The tomatoes are all picked, the plants pulled and composted. The onions and potatoes are all dug up and stored in a cool, dry, dark place.

A third gleaning happened today. Sixty-three pounds of crops vulnerable to frost went to organizations feeding local people in need: remaining tomatoes, peppers, and herbs, corn past its prime (great for soup and creamed corn), green bean bushes that had borne fruit for several cycles, and healthy k092214 Cindy, Collin & son in perennial bedale, chard, and collard greens, whose plants that will continue producing for another month at least.

Cindy has begun planting the perennial bed outside the west fence of the garden. She says she expects deer and other foragers will eat up to fifty percent of the plants.

The perennials are not especially lovely this time of year. Most flowered in their pots and bags while they awaited planting. Food was the priority.