Bartlett Veggie Masters-2009: The MG Vegetable Garden at the Bartlett Arboretum in Stamford

The MG Vegetable Garden is situated behind the greenhouse at the Bartlett Arboretum. Besides being wonderfully productive, the Vegetable Garden has served as a training and teaching garden for MGs, MG Interns and the public.
Since the garden's inception in 2008, more than 12 certified MGs have been involved with the project, along with 2 MG Interns.

The following report was written by Nick Mancini, the vegetable garden's instigator and mentor.

Nick talks to the group

Pictured above: August 2009: MG Nick Mancini leads an instructive tour of the vegetable garden

Although the vegetable garden was started a little late in the fall of 2009, great strides were quickly made by Master Gardeners from different graduating classes. These dedicated people showed up every Thursday, rain or shine, and built 24 - 4x4' raised beds, amended the soil, tested for pH and nutrients, and even planted garlic in late October.

By early spring 2009, the garden within the beautiful stonewalled enclosure was beginning to take shape. Even the difficult 2009 growing season didn't hamper the project or the spirit of the Veggie Masters. Dozens of vegetables were planted and harvested, from artichokes to zucchini, and all grown from seed by the participants. In addition, flowers were incorporated among veggies to bedazzle the central design, not to mention the many fruit trees, and brambles planted around the perimeter.

As the Veggie Masters hone their gardening skills, they are working towards the ultimate goal for the Bartlett Vegetable Garden: a teaching garden which will encourage people to grow their own vegetables and enjoy this wonderful hobby called organic gardening.

The Bartlett Veggie Masters would like to thank CMGA for funding assistance. The funds were used to purchase fruit trees which will be grown as espaliers around the perimeter of the garden.

Espaliered apple tree August 09

Pictured at right: One of the apple tree saplings being grown as an espalier on a structure of metal stakes. The tree is planted a safe distance from the plastic mesh deer fence visible in the background.