Meterological Autumn…

…is just a week away, so I thought I’d show you some of the food neighbors have grown in their small plots in the community garden.

A walkway between the raised beds

A walkway between the raised beds

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Iron-laden Swiss Chard

Iron-laden Swiss Chard

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Purple Cabbages, coming along nicely

Purple Cabbages, coming along nicely

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Fresh Dill, to add to a potato salad for a nice lift

Fresh Dill, to add to a potato salad for a nice lift

Physalis philadelphica, or Tomatillo, is a great addition to Salsa Verde

Physalis philadelphica, better known as Tomatillo, is a great addition to Salsa Verde

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Cheery Cherry Tomatoes...I almost wanted to pick the ripest and pop it in my mouth, but I did not--I didn't grow it!

Cheery Cherry Tomatoes…I almost wanted to pick the ripest and pop it in my mouth, but I did not–I didn’t grow it!

Don't know about this...it IS a Tomato, perhaps a newer variety?

Don’t know about this…it IS a Tomato, perhaps a newer variety?

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Small Acorn Squash...they'll be ready to pick in about two weeks

Small Acorn Squash…they’ll be ready to pick in about two weeks

And lastly, at the far end of the garden…

...tiny Crabapples are ripening, just waiting to be pickled and served for Thanksgiving dinner!

…tiny Crabapples are ripening, just waiting to be pickled and served for Thanksgiving dinner!

One huge plus at this location:  There is a water tap, so the gardeners do not have to rely on Mother Nature, who didn’t provide quite enough rain this Summer!

There’ll be some great, fresh meals in a number of homes in the neighborhood–the gardeners’ hard work certainly paid off!

 

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A Community Garden…

…in its ‘drying and dying time’.

Squash vines, which are drying and dying so very gracefully

Squash vines, which are drying and dying so very gracefully

One last leaf left on the Swiss Chard

One last leaf left on the Swiss Chard

Once-lovely Tomatillos can now return to the soil...and enrich it for the new season to come

Once-lovely Tomatillos can now return to the soil…and enrich it for the new season to come

These images were processed using the Palette Knife filter in Photoshop (TM) as I knew it would bring out some very interesting textures.

It is sad, to me, to watch a new garden drying and dying at the end of its first season…but it was a great success for the gardeners, and I thank them for the marvelous opportunity to photograph their efforts and post them here for all of you!

From an early Autumn market

These images were taken with my old Olympus 3.2 megapixel camera seven years ago in Cudahy, WI while I was visiting an old friend.  I dragged them off my external drive and re-worked them in Photoshop (TM), to kind of give them the processing I’ve been recently perfecting.  Hope you enjoy!

Cabbage, Revisited

“Turban” Squash

Multi-color Carrots

Purple Cabbage

Hot Pepper Rainbow

Swiss Chard, Revisited

The many greens of August

Swiss Chard

Green Jalapeno Peppers

Baby Zucchini Squash

Green Bell Peppers

Green Basil

Put them all together and they spell:

YUM!!!