Sweet Dreams to the 2020 Garden We’re still enjoying some garden greens and herbs, but we’ve done our last big harvests and created a cozy winter bed for the garden. It’s all about the leaves. The City of Montpelier gathers truckloads of bagged leaves from neighborhood homes and drops some of them right here. We don’t scatter all leaves willy-nilly. Listen up to find out which leaves go where and why. Fabulous maple leaves for the garlic beds. We mulched and roped off seven rows of garlic we planted in October. It’s a big lift to our spirits knowing this beloved crop is already doing its thing for our 2021 enjoyment. Summer squash bed leaf scattering as seen from outside the garden fence, with our huge stash from the city in the foreground. The perennial bed gets cut back and mulched with wood chips. The roadside perennial bed is the public face of the garden, what passersby see first. Gardeners keep it lovely for the garden’s neighbors as well as our own enjoyment. The garden may be going to sleep, but it’s never really done. Gardeners took home turnips and nigella, tasty by-products of garden cleanup. Nigella, or love-in-the-mist, is edible! Check this out: https://youtu.be/Q-2sIV2Ldyk This could be the last 2020 gardening day when it’s warm enough for gardeners to relax and chat. To garden is to have hope: here are seeds of the 2021 garden. The Garden at 485 Elm receives generous donations of so many seeds from companies including High Mowing, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Seed Saver’s Exchange, and Territorial Seed Company. Seeds we can’t use are donated to the Montpelier Food Pantry.