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

Last garden work party: brussels sprouts harvest

Autumn activity in the garden has been varied, busy, and delicious. Posts here have not kept up. Until we get to posting about garlic planting and other garden doings, please enjoy these images from the last garden work party of the season.

It was brussels sprouts harvest day. Gardeners separated the delicious buds from the stalks and divided them into buckets, one for each gardener’s household.

The stalks went into the garden waste windrow. The most composted the lower end of the windrow was mixed with the contents of Compostville bin 3. Those nutrient-rich materials will be covered with a tarp to cook for the winter. In the spring, we’ll have more food to feed the soil, which makes for more delicious, nutritious, beautiful crops.

There’s no more watering or weeding to do. The garden beds are covered in leaves to avoid soil compaction with heavy snow. In the spring, the leaves will break down into nutrients for the soil.

The garden is not finished. It never truly is, but there are still delicious crops to harvest: arugula, carrots, chard, collards, French sorrel, kale, parsley, radicchio, and whatever else gardeners might find.

Sometimes what we find are the sensory pleasures of the quiet fall garden.