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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Let the YUMS begin!

A few ambitious, young gardeners began early this season, first taking out half the old soil from their small raised bed at the local Community Garden, then replacing it with compost and weed-free soil.

About a month ago, in spite of Chicago’s cold, late Spring, they planted seeds and a few hardier vegetables.

Here are some of the results, as of last Saturday:

Golden-ribbed Swiss Chard

Golden-ribbed Swiss Chard

 

Broccoli

Broccoli

 

Red and Green Leaf Lettuce

Red and Green Leaf Lettuce

 

Kale

Kale

 

Hardy Chives, with gorgeous blossoms, ready to be pinched back--or not?

Hardy Chives, with gorgeous blossoms, ready to be pinched back–or not?

 

Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi

 

Red Cabbage

Red Cabbage

 

Popeye's favorite--Spinach

Popeye’s favorite–Spinach

 

Green Leaf Lettuce

Green Leaf Lettuce

 

A huge Strawberry plant--the flower buds are forming in that dark area!

A huge Strawberry plant–the flower buds are forming in that dark area!

I have to say, “I am GREEN with envy!”

A few days with the temps near 60 degrees F…

…and everyone seems to succumb to ‘Garden Fever’!

Last Saturday, I needed to visit the local hardware store–the only one in the neighborhood!–at Clark Street and Devon Avenue (pronounced “Duh-vahn” here for some reason), aptly called ‘Clark and Devon Hardware‘.

I was surprised to find these outside the entryway:

Clark Devon Hardware-1

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Clark Devon Hardware-2

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Clark Devon Hardware-3

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Clark Devon Hardware-4

Even more surprising was the community garden just beyond the parking lot!

Beautifully designed, don't you think?

Beautifully designed, don’t you think?

???????????????????????????????Tulips and such growing rapidly…

...but more importantly, leaf lettuce and what looks like broccoli plants!

…but more importantly, leaf lettuce and what looks like broccoli plants?

One smart gardener already has seeds planted, probably for early peas, and carrots, and hardier types.

One smart gardener already has seeds planted, probably for early peas, and carrots, and hardier types of vegetables.

It’s really heartening to see these small community gardens come alive here in Chicago, and especially to see that the gardeners are ‘twenty-somethings’, perhaps taking their first try at growing their own healthy food!