The Community Teaching Garden
at Ethan Allen Homestead
a 2006 photo story created by
Friends of Burlington Gardens
While the ground is still frozen in late March,
2006, a load of Intervale compost is brought to
the Community Teaching Garden.
The site for the Community Teaching Garden is
located on the south end of the community
garden area at Ethan Allen Homestead.
The Winooski Valley Park District Community Garden lies to the north
of the Community Teaching Garden. The 40 plot community garden was
established in 1976 by Tommy Thompson, founder of Gardens for All.
The Community Teaching Garden was rototilled in
early April just as the willows began to leaf out.
On April 21, 2006 the outline for the garden was measured
and staked out by Ryan Farran and Kate Maloney.
The corners of the garden are squared with string.
Kate and Ryan refer to the garden plan.
Pathways and raised beds are measured in preparation
for Earth Day on April 22nd.
Chris and Noelia mark the location of the raised beds
with stakes and string.
Through the bucket brigade, CTG participants spread
fertile compost to form the raised beds.
Passing the buckets from hand to hand provides
a good workout on a cool April day.
The 4 ft. by 25 ft. raised beds begin to emerge.
The last step of the workday is to mark out the
center circle and spread it with grass seed.
By early May, the circle grass is beginning to grow.
Classes begin on May 15, 2006 as participants choose
their raised beds and pound in their name signs.
First year Community Teaching Garden participant
Liz Blocker with 2nd year mentor Kate Maloney.
After a rainy start to the season, the site is readied
for planting by raking and hoeing emerging weeds.
The raised beds and compost are turned over and
worked in by hand with spades and shovels.
To cut down on weeds in the pathways, 250 donated
coffee bags are spread and later covered with hay.
The last of the compost piles are spread