Archive for June, 2009

Vermont’s Local Banquet, a quarterly magazine about local food and Vermont communities, has agreed to share an article on how to start a small garden plot of your own. The article, written by Henry Homeyer, suggests “If you’re able to devote 15 minutes a day to gardening and are willing to give up a piece of your lawn roughly the size of the parking space for your car, you can grow a significant amount of good food—food that is organic, food that is tasty, food that is healthy”.

Read the article here.


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First Harvest

Zach, Joann, and several others were out early this morning to harvest the first crops from the State House Food Garden. The Times Argus was there to take photos, and WCAX filmed footage and interviewed Joann and Zach.

The haul was then taken to the Food Pantry at Montpelier’s Trinity Church:

Lettuce – 23lbs 5 oz.
Parsley – 6 oz. (I think this was more, someone forgot to measure)
Collards – 2lbs 9 oz
Swiss Chard – 3 lbs 11 oz
Kale – 6lbs 3 oz


Some pics of the pickers are posted on the Times Argus website here.

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So close!

Left Crescent_June_20_2009

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Cabbage_June 20_2009

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June 9, 2009

My visit to the gardens today reaffirmed my amazement of how beautiful vegetable plants can be.  The subtle, yet vast shades of greens and deep rich burgundies are greatly complimented by the beautiful white blooms of the Spirea bushes.

As I walked the gardens on this rainy day, I observed just how water repellent cabbage and kale leaves are, how parsley will gather droplets at the tips of their leaf serrations, and how the lettuce forms a cup funneling water to its roots.  I noticed that the plants on the right side of the left crescent garden are growing faster and larger than the rest.  Why?  Could they be getting more water?  Did they get an extra scoop of compost plus?  Or perhaps the hand that planted them was a little more loving.

The right side or east crescent garden is already feeding the hungry!  I noticed the collards and kale had a few holes in them, a moth or snail  probably.  I’m not too concerned-  they didn’t take much.  After all we did say “Edible Landscape for All”  Right?

Many Blessings


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