Fall Gardening in Somerville

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I picked the last four cucumbers from my vines today. The vines were mostly drying up – it is September after all – so I pulled them up to plant more seasonally appropriate vegetables. It was still sad to end their run; there were little buds on the vines that could have, maybe, pulled through if I left them up. Thinking about the history of those plants, though, they probably would have just curled up into little poop-shaped cucumbers and that would be that (see above).

So I pulled them up. I hadn’t realized how long they had gotten, and when I laid them down on the ground I was rather astonished!

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What long vines! And the ends were still fairly good-looking. Well done, strange cucumber plants. On to new ventures.*

*I actually left up one of the small plants, because it still had cucumbers on it…I just couldn’t get rid of all of them at once!

The new vegetables I planted today are: Brussels Sprouts, Swiss Chard, and Broccoli Raab. As in the summer, my only real hope and goal is to have the plants produce at least one thing that I can eat. (P.S. I finally ate my summer kale! I was proud to put it on my pizza).

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Brussels sprouts! Where the cucumbers were before.

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Broccoli Raab, in the failed zucchini containers. Let’s hope they these don’t go the same way!

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Chard – yellow stems! I actually found this large pot in the back yard and I think it will work well.

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Plant cluster.

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This afternoon I plan on pickling one last batch of cucumbers to hold on to a little more of summer. But, I also pulled out the crock pot because it’s wonderfully cool today – one of the first days in the 60s, with a lovely fall chill. I will always mourn the official end of summer, but I’m ready for this beautiful season. Keep your fingers crossed for these little plants!

– Bryn

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