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October sunshine

October 12, 2008 - Janet DelTurco
With the continuation of this wonderful fall weather, flowers and vegetables continue to grow. This makes it hard to be ruthless in pulling out annuals and cutting back perennials. I cannot bring myself to destroy the white alyssum that has such a beautiful scent, or the impatiens that surrounds the ornamental cherry tree. In the vegetable garden there is still a lot to harvest. The Swiss chard is enormous, probably too big and tough to eat any more. There are still Brandywine tomatoes and peppers in red, yellow and green, some beets still in the ground, fennel,raspberries and eggplant. I have to get out there in earnest before that first killing frost and pick the produce and remove the plants before the city facility closes at the end of the month. All the fall festivals are much more enticing than a somewhat battered garden while the sun is shining, but I know I will be sorry when I have to go outside in cold weather and take care of those chores.


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