Fall Gardening Update

Dried CornstalksToday we got lots and lots done in the garden on a nice, sunny day. The yard is almost all ready for winter, even the things that I didn’t absolutely have to do.

List #1 (Imperative)

  1. Pull up sweet pea plants in front of house — DONE
  2. Rake leaves — mostly done — half the backyard & most of the leaves are raked, must do the other half of the backyard and all of the front

List #2 (Nice to do but not imperative)

  1. Prune currant bushes, flowering quince bushes
  2. Trim grass around currant bushes
  3. Prune cherry tree, sycamore tree watersprouts
  4. Cut back chives around sycamore tree
  5. Cut back irises in backyard
  6. Cut down cornstalks and fertilize soil in barrel where corn grows — DONE
  7. Fertilize soil in barrel where mini pumpkins grow — DONE
  8. Empty containers on deck that don’t have plants to overwinter — DONE
  9. Take strawberry pots in driveway to back deck — one moved, the other is still in the driveway — DONE

I also cleaned up the leaves on the back deck and threw away the wind-blown trash that had been hiding in them, cleaned out the back shed, put away the deck hose, the front hose, the container feet not needed for the winter, and put away the deck & patio furniture. The last hardy geranium and the mini rose are inside, and the succulents transplanted into containers that will overwinter outside. All in all, a productive afternoon. Hopefully, tomorrow will be just as nice and I can get the rest of the list completed.

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