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

A Flurry of Spring Planting

Gardeners planted arugula, carrots, chard, kale, mustard greens, pac choi, snap and snow peas, and spinach in beds that had been covered in leaf mulch for the winter. They created narrow furrows, they mixed in compost, and dropped in the seeds. Finally, they watered in the seeds, which need a drink every day.

Flower Power Team unearthed the weedy flower rows for later planting of seedlings that were started indoors. Out in the rows, they preserved perennials that will come into bloom later on. Behold, before and after weeding!

Berryville is the garden’s newest project. Here, gardeners prepare the area for currant and raspberry bushes, shown before, after, and during. A gardener surveys the staked plots where tiny baby bushes will go. The bushes, from East Hill Tree Farm, waited overnight tucked into the nutritious garden waste windrow. A gardener waters in the berries, where they’ll be fenced to protect them from deer hooves and nibblings. Gardeners dig deep, wide holes for the berries and refill each hole with garden soil, compost, and the composted earth at the “finished” end of the garden waste windrow.