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

Planting and Growing Increase with the Temperatures

We’ve planted several beds with cold-hardy seeds, including carrots, beets, kale, and peas. Tender young leaves and shoots are emerging. Temperatures are increasing, and we’re preparing to plant warmer weather seedlings.

Another community garden donated a few Walking Onion plants, which are the taller, thicker ones in this box. The tops are edible like scallions. Tops allowed to grow form bulbs that “walk” over and replant themselves. We added leftover shallot seedlings to the box after the onion bed was full.

Gardeners check the watering chart and soil moisture to see what to irrigate that day. Watering happens daily now, unless we get 1/4″ or more of rain. If it rains 1/2″ or more, that covers the next day’s watering as well.

We started planting greens on April 28. Some germinated. Others didn’t, and those boxes are now replanted. With the warmer weather, we’re seeing signs of life in all the planted boxes and beds.