Business Garden Timeline

Late February-Early March

Indoor seed-starting for the spring and orientation for employees, introducing them to the program and creating interest in the garden.

Late March- Early April

Garden installation will take place as soon as there is no longer snow on the ground, typically in late March or early April. Once the garden is installed, Spring planting will commence with the help of the volunteers. Spring planting can take place in mid-March with cold frames, or mid-April without cold frames. Spring plants include: beets, broccoli raab, bok choy, carrots, chard, greens, mixed greens, arugula, endive, asian greens, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, bunching onions, peas, radish, spinach, garlic, strawberries and broccoli.


First harvest of Spring crops and planting of summer crops. Summer crops include: Bush beans, basil, cucumbers, cabbage, carrots, collard greens, eggplant, fennel, greens, head lettuce, okra, hot peppers, bell peppers, radishes, shallots, tomatoes, tomatillos, summer squash, zucchini and more.


Constant maintenance, including pest and fungal management, and vegetable harvesting/re-planting.


Planting of Fall crops! Fall Crops include: beets, broccoli raab, boc choi, carrots, chard, greens, mixed greens, arugula, endive, cilantro, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, bunching onions, peas, radish, spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and turnips.


With Cold Frames

Planting for winter with the intention of an early Spring harvest: Early Spring crops include kale, carrots, mixed greens, chard, beets and collard greens.

Without Cold Frames

Final harvesting and closing down of garden by the end of the month.


With Cold Frames

Cold frame maintenance typically continues for the first two weeks of December, guaranteeing a successfully winter crop.

Harvard Pilgrim's relationship with Green City Growers is essential to the production and quality of our organic farms. Thanks in part to their ability to partner with us, we've seen our employee volunteers grow from novices into knowledgeable farmers. GCG educates us on every aspect of farming, from seeds to harvest, bugs to critters. We learn, we thrive, we grow!
--Peggy Malumphy, HPHC Volunteer
i want my kid to learn how to grow vegetables!
October  2014