Goodbye Sweet Garden ….

On October 19, the cold, steady rain brought a final end to my first community garden in Cleveland. It was sad to say goodbye to a great season, but what a wonderful experience at Ben Franklin Garden. Even when the fall wind blows, I still have peppers and tomatoes I can add to my salads, pasta and other table fare.

Over the last several weeks, I have taken the time to visit urban farms like Rid-All, the Kinsman Farm and Ka-La Healing Garden. I have stopped by farmers markets and produce stands all around Cleveland, Valley View and Wooster. What a wonderful local food scene! I am convinced there is no other!

I hope you will take a minute to check out my community garden photo album. I purposely added my final photos near the front of the pack, so you can see the progression in reverse order. What a wonderful summer it has been.

Three more classes at Case Western Reserve has gotten in the way of my weekly updates. This month, I have so much to report on composting, Cleveland sustainability and zebra mussel shells, too, so I will do my best to get caught up.

My first season at Ben Franklin Garden is something I will never forget. Thank you to Darlene and Tom, and to all the gardeners who helped me plant my first seeds. I appreciated your sage advice. I am convinced I am entering a new chapter of gardening, thanks to you.

What a fine, fine harvest it has been! Life is bountiful, indeed.