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.
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
Step 4: Summer Succession Planting
As the spring crops matured and were harvested, we sumer vegetables that would remain in the garden until fall.
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.
The Project in Pictures
Ethan has been a delight to work with and I cannot recommend him highly enough!