Garden Continues to Flourish as Snow Flies

Seeds started at the Bristol Hub flourish as starts of peas, squash, and corn.
Peas, squash, and corn get an early start and are flourishing under the Hub’s grow lights


Another grow light with a new wooden stand built at the Bristol Hub
A new grow light starts more seeds – sometimes a little bit of construction can go a long way.
The latest round of seeds started at the Hub have begun to show over the soil.
The latest round of seeds planted at the Hub have started to show their sprouts.
A wooden stand built to hold a grow light at the Bristol Hub in tight spaces.
Creative construction allows grow lights to be placed in strange places… like on the computer counter.
Kale starts growing in small plastic containers
Baby kale is ready for window boxes in the kitchen – a jumpstart on the growing season


Wintertime Means… Planning for Spring!


The ground may not quite be frozen, the snow not quite yet a-fallin’, but it is still wintertime, which means planning time for the garden. Weeds have been pulled and the kale still looks good – feel free to stop by with your teen to grab a leaf or two.

Hub garden layout plan
Our first-draft garden plan includes 35 different kinds of vegetables plus herbs, edible flours, and pest-repellent blooms.


The Hub’s soil tests are back from the UVM extension with pleasant results. The soil is rich in nutrients, and should only need a little bit of nitrogen this year to get it in tip-top shape.

The south end of the garden has excessive phosphorus levels, so we’re looking at putting some soybeans, edamame, and a three-sisters garden (corn, pole beans, and winter squash, plus potatoes) in that end — all of these plants love a little extra phosphorus and are great nitrogen fixers.

Check out our full first-draft garden plan, and please feel free to send along any helpful tips for the layout, comments, or suggestions! So far the garden plan includes 35 different kinds of vegetables, squashes, and melons, plus a plethora of herbs, edible flowers, and pest-repellent blooms.