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Bruce Amundsen plants fall vegetables in his Aquebogue garden. (Aug. 23, 2013)

5 gardeners who dig fall

These five Long Islanders have embraced fall as prime gardening season, and their efforts have paid off in more ways than one.

Florence Palomo spreads compost around her Bellerose garden.
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Florence Palomo spreads compost around her Bellerose garden. (Aug. 21, 2013)

Florence Palomo turns compost in a repurposed rubber
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Florence Palomo turns compost in a repurposed rubber trash can. (Aug. 21, 2013)

Florence Palomo checks her compost bin in her
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Florence Palomo checks her compost bin in her Bellerose backyard. (Aug. 21, 2013)

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Florence Palomo spreads compost around her Bellerose garden.
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Florence Palomo spreads compost around her Bellerose garden. (Aug. 21, 2013)

Florence Palomo turns compost in a repurposed rubber
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Florence Palomo turns compost in a repurposed rubber trash can in Bellerose. (Aug. 21, 2013)

Florence Palomo empties kitchen scraps onto a compost
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Florence Palomo empties kitchen scraps onto a compost pile in a repurposed rubber trash can. (Aug. 21, 2013)

Laura Casini, 48, a lawyer, musician and weekend
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Laura Casini, 48, a lawyer, musician and weekend gardener digs up a large hosta before dividing it in her Malverne garden. (Aug. 28, 2013)

Laura Casini, 48, a lawyer, musician and weekend
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Laura Casini, 48, a lawyer, musician and weekend gardener, divides a large hosta in her Malverne garden. (Aug. 28, 2013)

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Laura Casini, 48, transplants divisions from a large
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Laura Casini, 48, transplants divisions from a large hosta along the fence in her Malverne garden. (Aug. 28, 2013)

Laura Casini, 48, a lawyer, musician and weekend
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Laura Casini, 48, a lawyer, musician and weekend gardener, holds a worm she found in her Malverne garden. As the summer draws to an end, Casini works to keep her garden thriving into the fall. (Aug. 28, 2013)

Laura Casini gardens with her favorite shovel.
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Laura Casini gardens with her favorite shovel. "You don't have to spend a fortune and have fancy tools to have a beautiful garden," she says. (Aug. 28, 2013)

Tamson Yeh, of Shirley, a turf and land
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Tamson Yeh, of Shirley, a turf and land management specialist at the Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County in Yaphank, takes a soil sample for a pH test to determine if the lawn needs lime. (Aug. 29, 2013)

Tamson Yeh, of Shirley, a turf and land
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Tamson Yeh, of Shirley, a turf and land management specialist at Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County in Yaphank, waters the lawn after seeding. (Aug. 29, 2013)

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Tamson Yeh, of Shirley, a turf and land
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Tamson Yeh, of Shirley, a turf and land management specialist at Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County in Yaphank, tests the pH level of a soil sample to determine if lime should be applied to the lawn. (Aug. 29, 2013)

Bruce Amundsen walks through his vegetable garden in
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Bruce Amundsen walks through his vegetable garden in Aquebogue. (Aug. 23, 2013)

Bruce Amundsen plants fall vegetables in his Aquebogue
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Bruce Amundsen plants fall vegetables in his Aquebogue garden. (Aug. 23, 2013)

Bruce Amundsen of Aquebogue harvests vegetables from his
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Bruce Amundsen of Aquebogue harvests vegetables from his garden. (Aug. 23, 2013)

Bruce Amundsen planted different varieties of lettuce in
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Bruce Amundsen planted different varieties of lettuce in his garden in Aquebogue late this summer. (Aug. 23, 2013)

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Bruce Amundsen planted different varieties of lettuce in
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Bruce Amundsen planted different varieties of lettuce in his garden in Aquebogue. (Aug. 23, 2013)

Lettuce seedlings sprout in Bruce Amundsen's Aquebogue garden.
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Lettuce seedlings sprout in Bruce Amundsen's Aquebogue garden. (Aug. 23, 2013)

Celery is among the fall crops Bruce Amundsen
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Celery is among the fall crops Bruce Amundsen planted in his Aquebogue garden. (Aug. 23, 2013)

Bruce Amundsen pulls up a beet from his
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Bruce Amundsen pulls up a beet from his garden in Aquebogue. (Aug. 23, 2013)

Rainbow Swiss chard grows in Bruce Amundsen's Aquebogue
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Rainbow Swiss chard grows in Bruce Amundsen's Aquebogue fall vegetable garden. (Aug. 23, 2013)

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Bruce Amundsen harvests vegetables planted in his garden
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Bruce Amundsen harvests vegetables planted in his garden in Aquebogue. (Aug. 23, 2013)

Leeks grow in rows in Bruce Amundsen's Aquebogue
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Leeks grow in rows in Bruce Amundsen's Aquebogue garden.

Fennel, a hardy perennial plant, grows in Bruce
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Fennel, a hardy perennial plant, grows in Bruce Amundsen's Aquebogue vegetable garden. (Aug. 23, 2013)

Bruce Amundsen planted different varieties of celery in
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Bruce Amundsen planted different varieties of celery in his garden in Aquebogue. (Aug. 23, 2013)

Bruce Amundsen harvests some of his vegetables planted
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Bruce Amundsen harvests some of his vegetables planted in his garden in Aquebogue. (Aug. 23, 2013)

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Patricia Ventaloro of Shirley won the William Floyd
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Patricia Ventaloro of Shirley won the William Floyd Community Project Beautification Committee Award for her creative fall garden curb appeal. (Oct. 21, 2011)

Patricia Ventaloro, 62, of Shirley has been impressing
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Patricia Ventaloro, 62, of Shirley has been impressing her neighbors every fall for the past 37 years. In 2011, she even won her community's William Floyd Beautification award. (Oct. 21, 2011)

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