A & L inherited a backyard with a huge but neglected garden when they moved into their new home in Burlington’s New North End

They decided to revitalize the garden to grow veggies for their growing family.

The Basics

Season: Fall 2013 – present

Location: Burlington, VT

Size of Property: 0.50 acres

Key Features: Suburban lot with existing fenced in garden in the backyard. The soil is dense loamy clay, rich with organic material and full of earthworms. Solar access is excellent with sun from 9:00AM until 5:00PM in midsummer. According to neighbors, the garden was well loved and cared for by the previous owners but became overgrown when they moved on.

A & L were busy and asked if we could re-establish and maintain the garden.

Step 1: Clearing out the old

We began by…

  • Removing old, plastic compost bins that were taking up valuable space in the middle of the garden.
  • Clearing out overgrown beds of weeds and a season of untended vegetables.
  • Planting garlic in the fall to get food growing right away.

Step 2: Bringing in the new

Spring arrived and we began redesigning and rebuilding the layout of the garden by…

  • Adding a truckload of Champlain Valley Compost and sheet mulching new beds.
  • Planting spring lettuces, radishes, and other vegetables.
  • Watering the newly growing plants.
  • Starting a new compost pile outside of the garden

Next up, it was time for more planting…

Step 3: Spring Crops

We made a succession planting plan to grow multiple crops in the same space during the season.

In the spring we planted:

  • Lettuce and Micro-greens
  • Radishes
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Bush Beans
  • Onions
  • Kale

Step 4: Summer Succession Planting

As the spring crops matured and were harvested, we sumer vegetables that would remain in the garden until fall.

  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Beets
  • Pole Beans
  • Cucumbers
  • Delicata Squash


used for this project

Backyard harvest of garlic, carrots, and scallions

What Our Client Said

about our work with them.

Urban Homesteader VT helped us concept, plan, and manage our organic vegetable garden. The amount of food we now grow is incredible – we share our bounty with neighbors and the local food bank.

A & L’s garden grows and changes with the seasons. Micro-greens give way to pole beans, vibrant rows of carrots and beets, and massive squash vines.

Step 5: Harvesting and looking ahead

During the peak of the growing season there are sometimes more vegetables than the family can use. The extra is donated to the local food shelf and shared with neighbors. Some of whom now offer to take fresh tomatoes and send back canned jars of marinara.