Gone were the deadbeats of previous years. I confess to have been among the guilty, leaving the skeletons of sunflowers and hollyhocks drooping into other plots and tomatoes rotting in their rings. I was putting my plot and others at risk of attracting diseases and pests. The procedures and rationale for putting a garden to bed can be found here.
Most people appeared to have pulled out their plants and dug up the soil. A few people covered their plots with salt hay. I wondered where they were able to procure this useful material that I had searched for earlier this season. In any case, it blows my mind to think that just two months before, you couldn't walk through these plots without becoming tangled in greenery.