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

Tomatoes are planted, fed, tied, and trimmed.

It’s been tomato week here at The Garden at 485 Elm. That’s not counting seven cherry tomato plants in boxes and six Amish paste tomato plants that will go in this weekend.

Black plastic keeps the soil warm. It also prevents diseases that can kill tomato plants by stopping dirt from splashing back up onto leaves when it rains.

Chris completes the tomato structures where the plants will be trained to grow.


Leo uses a gauge to check the tomato plants’ soil moisture. The roots of transplanted tomatoes don’t absorb moisture as well as more settled plants, so they need extra water. These are well soaked.

Jasmine applies her tomato-trimming expertise.