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

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First Garden Food of the Season

First Garden Food of the Season

French sorrel is among the first garden crops to appear and the last being harvested before the garden goes to sleep for the winter. This perennial herb has a lemony tang to brighten up any salad or sandwich. It is a cooking herb, and gardeners share French sorrel...

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What else is growing at the garden?

Garlic to Seed and to Feed

Garlic to Seed and to Feed

Garlic harvest day included the last of the onions. The gorgeous harvest yielded robust shares of garlic and onions for gardeners here and for the Montpelier Food Pantry as well as our entire stock of garlic seed, which we'll plant later in the fall. Garlic heads pull...

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The Power of Flowers

The Power of Flowers

The garden is overflowing with fresh vegetables, herbs, and, yes, flowers. Three rows and trellises for climbing flowers host varieties that attract pollinators, beautify the garden, and bloom for gardeners who harvest them, take them home, and give them as gifts....

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Onions Are Happier Than They Appear

Onions Are Happier Than They Appear

Onions are one of the most reliable crops at the Garden at 485 Elm. When we get them in early enough, they grow into gorgeous bulbs that we harvest all at once and divide among gardeners here. Gardeners enjoy red, white, and yellow onions and shallots. This season,...

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The Thick of Harvest Season

The Thick of Harvest Season

Whichever direction you look in the garden, there's food ready to eat. These haricots verts and other bush beans need harvesting for the vines to continue producing. Edamame and pole beans will come later. There's greens, greens, greens! As fast as they get harvested...

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After the Flood: Help Vermont’s Farms and Growers

After the Flood: Help Vermont’s Farms and Growers

The Garden at 485 Elm grows along the North Branch of the Winooski River, a mile north of the city of Montpelier. On July 10 and 11, six to nine inches of rain fell, swelling the rivers and inundating the city and surrounding streets of homes and businesses....

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How to Thin a Carrot

How to Thin a Carrot

Carrots have tiny seeds. Without surgical precision in planting, carrot jungle happens. The more carrots the better, right? Except if they're too crowded, they don't have room to grow into long, thick carrots. They'll be small, stunted carrots, some of them twisted...

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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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