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

Planting Peas, Greens, and Brassica

Much planting happened in the garden on this cool and rainy final day of April.

A basket for each task. The pea planting task basket included instructions for building trellises and planting the peas, several seed packets, and a Planting Log sheet to complete and file in the Planting Notebook, which has a divided section for each of the garden’s eight beds.

Albert and Hannah shovel dirt and compost to fill garden beds in preparation for planting.

Bernice tends the perennial bed. Even though it produces no edible crops, it’s the first face of the garden that community members see when they walk, ride, or drive by.

Diana and Ned pick out seeds for planting in raised boxes: multitudes of salad greens, Asian cabbage, radishes, beets for beet greens, and more. Also today, in another bed, gardeners planted beets, chard, and several rows of kale.

Ella and John build pea trellis. They planted two rows of peas and three rows of carrots.

Maya quickly recognized that pea seeds are, well, peas.

A garden is a complex organism that’s never “finished.” It’s satisfying to check off completed garden tasks.