Vermont School Garden

A visit to a Vermont public school garden through the seasons.

Mulching and Harvesting Garlic, Mid July

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Harlow Farm Mulch

mulching the new garden

mulching the new garden

mulching around the butterfly garden

mulching around the butterfly garden

 

marigold pathway

marigold pathway

spreading hay

spreading hay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even with a dedicated young crew, the weeds were getting the best of us in July. We were blessed with a very wet growing season, contributing to our bounty of veggies…..AND weeds. Harlow Farm came to our rescue, selling us 20 bales of hay. They went a long way to keeping the weeds down. Last year we mulched a bit later in the summer.

washing garlic

washing garlic

rinsing garlic

washed garlic

washed garlic

hanging garlic in the barn to dry

hanging garlic in the barn to dry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our garlic was ready to harvest at about the same time. Bulbs weren’t as large this year as last year. I was told by Putney farmer, Marissa Miller at Lost barn farm, that there are many varieties of garlic to choose from. Next fall we’re planting some of Marissa’s giant garlic! We washed and attempted to braid the garlic, but we would have been better off rubber banding the tough stems together. The garlic was taken to Betsy MacIsaac’s Crooked Fence Farm where it was set up to dry by my grand daughter, Imogen.

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Author: vermontschoolgarden

I have been an elementary teacher at the Westminster Center School for 30 years. For most of those years, I maintained a garden as part of my teaching curriculum resource. Now I am the Garden Coordinator for all of the Westminster Center School classrooms.

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