Here at the Garden at 485 Elm, we grow crops that are shared and distributed among gardeners and the community in one of three ways:
First, we grow crops that produce continually, such as lettuces, kale, summer squashes, beans, and peas. Gardeners harvest as much as they want using techniques that keep the plants producing.
Second, we grow crops with one-time yield. Those we harvest all at once and then divide into shares. Single-harvest crops include winter squash, brussels sprouts, potatoes, onions, and garlic.
Finally, we grow boutique crops. These are small experiments that we attempt and then share the results, meager though they may be. Boutique crops in 2021 included ginger, peanuts, and seed pumpkins.