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

Planting, Tending, Harvesting, Putting to Bed

In mid to late August, there’s lots to eat. We plant seed for late greens, hoping to enjoy young spinach, mesclun mixes, tat soy, and mustard-spinach greens in the fall. Other beds are finished for now. Former onion rows are getting compost and cover crop seed.

Picking pole beans is relaxing, social, and productive. There are plenty for gardeners as well as donating to the Montpelier Food Pantry and free community lunches.

There’s plenty of squash for gardeners and for donation. That’s Chris, checking cherry tomato plants for horn worms from the backside.

Gardeners freely pick nearly all crops here. Garlic and onions are divided into shares. Each flat is one gardener-household’s share of red onions, yellow onions, and shallots.

After we harvested this season’s onions, gardeners replenished the beds with fresh compost and planted winter rye seed.