Eldercare 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, boc choi, carrots, chard, greens, mixed greens, arugula, endive, asian greens, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, bunching onions, peas, radish, spinach, garlic, strawberries and broccoli.

May

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.

June-September

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

September-October

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, brussel sprouts and turnips.

November

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

December

With Cold Frames

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

Aside from the wonderful food I’ve harvested from my garden this year, I’ve been thrilled by the attention and care I’ve received from Green City Growers staff. They installed my bed early in the season and before I knew it, I had bags and bags of greens. The season has been wonderful and I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve eaten and all that I learned from my own personal urban farmer!
--Risa, Arlington MA
i want my kid to learn how to grow vegetables!

October  2014

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