Another Fall Gardening Update

Dried CornstalksDon’t worry, soon it will be too cold & snowy for gardening, and you won’t have to hear about it anymore. :)

List #1 (Imperative)

  1. Still: 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 — Can you tell I don’t want to do this?

List #2 (Nice to do but not imperative)

  1. Prune currant bushes, flowering quince bushes — DONE
  2. Trim grass around currant bushes
  3. Prune cherry tree, sycamore tree watersprouts — DONE
  4. Cut back chives around sycamore tree — DONE
  5. Cut back irises in backyard

And I also finished weeding and trimming around the front patio. The lists are getting shorter. Which is nice, because I am tired of clipping back grass & perennials. Now I will go pour candy in a bag for early trick-or-treaters.

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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.

Fall Gardening Update

Rake in Fallen LeavesYesterday was a very productive day in the garden for me. My helper and I spent 3 hours out there, and we finished most of the things that had to be done before the snow comes. And not a moment too soon, it snowed in the night tonight — an inch is on the ground right now. Update: After actually going outside, it seems we got more like 3 inches of wet snow last night.

List #1 (Imperative)

  1. Mulch roses and protect canes — DONE
  2. Wrap blueberry pots and hosta pot (bubble wrap and burlap) — DONE
  3. Plant 1 more bag each of daffodils and tulips (must trim/pull grass in beds to do this) — DONE
  4. Pull up sweet pea plants in front of house
  5. Plant new chrysanthemums and lavender plant — DONE (and weeded around the front lawn patio, and trimmed up the perennials there, giving us room to plant the new plants, this is where the tulips went, too)
  6. 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. Cut up branches trimmed from trees, mulch vegetable beds with them to keep cats out — DONE
  2. Prune currant bushes, flowering quince bushes
  3. Trim grass around currant bushes
  4. Prune cherry tree, sycamore tree watersprouts
  5. Cut back chives around sycamore tree
  6. Cut back irises in backyard
  7. Cut down cornstalks and fertilize soil in barrel where corn grows
  8. Fertilize soil in barrel where mini pumpkins grow
  9. Empty containers on deck that don’t have plants to overwinter
  10. Take strawberry pots in driveway to back deck — one moved, the other is still in the driveway

So the must-do list is almost done, leaving the nice-but-not-imperative list. Very nice — I feel pretty good about it. There’s a chance I’ll get it all done before the snow (or really bad weather) comes. If I can get the second list done, I’ll have a good start on my spring chores too. Here’s hoping.

A Rainy Fall Day

Today is the kind of rainy and dark fall day that just makes me want to stay indoors. I have gotten most of my fall garden work out of the way, so I feel even better about it. I’m sure there will be a few more sunny days before the ground freezes, and I will be able to finish up the work (or at least what absolutely must be done). I have 2 lists. The first is what absolutely must be done before the ground freezes, the second is what would be nice to have done.

List #1 (Imperative)

  1. Mulch roses and protect canes
  2. Wrap blueberry pots and hosta pot (bubble wrap and burlap)
  3. Plant 1 more bag each of daffodils and tulips (must trim/pull grass in beds to do this)
  4. Pull up sweet pea plants in front of house
  5. Plant new chrysanthemums and lavender plant
  6. Rake leaves

List #2 (Nice to do but not imperative)

  1. Cut up branches trimmed from trees, mulch vegetable beds with them to keep cats out
  2. Prune currant bushes, flowering quince bushes
  3. Trim grass around currant bushes
  4. Prune cherry tree, sycamore tree watersprouts
  5. Cut back chives around sycamore tree
  6. Cut back irises in backyard
  7. Cut down cornstalks and fertilize soil in barrel where corn grows
  8. Fertilize soil in barrel where mini pumpkins grow
  9. Empty containers on deck that don’t have plants to overwinter
  10. Take strawberry pots in driveway to back deck

Do you think I will get it all done?

 

 

 

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