Even in October, Even After Heat and Drought, Urban Gardens Offer Plenty

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First day of October! Since we have not had enough rain to slake our downtown gardens' thirst following the September inferno, I have been almost afraid to look around me. Emboldened by the cool morning brilliance, I set out a few hours ago to see what's what.

Our backyard garden has had some "city water," although not much. To my surprise, yet another wave of Brandywine and other heirloom tomatoes are coming forward. Pole and bush green beans look sprightly and have moderate bloom. Herbs everywhere look spunky.

I walked around the corner to visit my neighbors' beautiful backyard garden. These community "Ministers of Food" have Master Gardener credentials and passion that infuses their daily compassionate ways of living. (More about this tomorrow.) I wanted to settle into their sweetly organized, productive oasis, right on a busy downtown street corner. But I wanted even more to show the promise of urban gardening, even in fall, even after drought and heat, even when people are gardening as one of many, many occupations.

Bluegrass soil, sun, water, and climate grow abundance. The 62-second video slideshow above provides October examples.

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