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

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The Winter Squash Bed Becomes the Garlic Bed

The Winter Squash Bed Becomes the Garlic Bed

Winter squash harvest day comes before the first frost or after the squash have stopped maturing in each day's reduced sunlight and warmth. Gardeners harvested the squashes for sorting and distribution then pulled up the vines, which went onto the garden waste...

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What else is growing at the garden?

Celebrating Bugfest

Celebrating Bugfest

"Celebrating" might not be the best word, but gardeners who tackle garden pest management are enthusiastic. Tomatillos attract three-lined potato beetles. They're easy to spot, but they're fast and hard to catch. The pest team leader recommends H20 gloves, one of...

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Gleaning Herbs for Donation

Gleaning Herbs for Donation

The first big bundles of garden food for donation are on their way to Just Basics Inc., the Montpelier Food Pantry. Growing a giant garden together means each bed is super productive. A box of chives produces a lot of chives, far more than even twenty-plus gardeners'...

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Delicious Garden Tasks

Delicious Garden Tasks

Each garlic plant is sending out a scape. Harvesting the scapes prevents the garlic from growing a big flower, which would draw energy away from the garlic bulb, our target crop. When the scapes are mature as in the photo, gardeners snip or snap the scape off close to...

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Undercover Gardening

Undercover Gardening

We use row cover, a.k.a. low tunnels, to protect seeds and seedlings while they mature and gain strength. Garden fabric like this holds in moisture, protects against too much heat or cold, and keeps out insects who would eat the little plants. We uncover greens when...

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Planting Day: Basil, Cukes, Eggplants, Peppers

Planting Day: Basil, Cukes, Eggplants, Peppers

On a blustery day in early June, gardeners planted seedlings for hot-weather crops. Basil varieties this year include these classic Italian basil seedlings from Cate FarmĀ andĀ Heartwood Farm. A gardener started sweet the sweet basil, and the cinnamon basil and Thai...

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Horseradish, at Times

Horseradish, at Times

Horseradish grows outside the garden fence. It's one of the few crops that deer, woodchucks, and others never bother with. Others are lemon balm, other mints, garlic, and onions. Horseradish best harvested in the spring and early fall. Brush off the dirt, and the root...

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Potato-Planting Day

Potato-Planting Day

The first step in planting potatoes is selecting the seeds. Seed potatoes are just potatoes that have started growing alien-looking tendrils and eyes. The more exciting looking, the more desirable for planting. Gardeners cut up the potatoes so that each piece has...

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Planting Onion Seedlings

Planting Onion Seedlings

The garden purchases allium seedlings to grow onions and shallots rather than growing them from seed here. Look at these beauties from Ananda Gardens. Planting onions is not difficult, but it takes many hands. First the chickens "turned" the beds. Then gardeners...

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Early May Garden Eats

Early May Garden Eats

Gardeners have planted snow peas, snap peas, lettuces, arugula, kale, collard greens, carrots, turnips, radishes, and more. It's be a few weeks before they're food. But there's food ready now that we planted years ago. It comes back every spring. There's no marjoram,...

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Adapting Plants and Chickens to the Season

Adapting Plants and Chickens to the Season

Gardeners have planted peas, greens, radishes, and more. Their tender seedlings will attract flea beetles and other beings who, like us, enjoy fresh, delicious food. Gardeners cover the planted beds with Reemay, or acid-free garden fabric, to give the plants a chance...

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