The calender (although certainly not the temperature) tells me it is time for fall clean-up.
I have been slowly cleaning off the plants which have been sitting outside on my front porch, in front of the front door (because I never use that door anyway) and the back patio, and bringing them inside for the winter. I think I have about a third of them in so far. Tomorrow I hope to get around to buying more potting soil so I can re-pot a number of plants and prepare them for the tough winter ahead inside… and by this I mean, it is tough to be a plant in my house during the winter – I often forget to water – or get overwhelmed by the sheer number of household plants to water. Yup, if people don’t have space in their home to overwinter their plants – I take them. Some just give me the plants they can’t take inside. I now have 8 pointsettia plants (if anyone wants one or two or three or more for themselves and are local – let me know) from a neighbor who just doesn’t have the space for more than 30-35 plants inside her house, and she always seems to accumulate so many during the summer – and they all get so big outside.
Last weekend I pulled the last of the cucumber and butternut squash vines. The former was a huge disappointment, the later an over-whelming success. I now have a few of those cute little squash that you often see around this time of year as decoration. I also gave up on a number of tomato plants and pulled them as well.
A friend came by a few weeks ago and took a good 50-70 daylilly plants with her – and I can’t wait for her to come back and take more. I have a clump of them roughly 5 feet in diameter that I want to get rid of so I can backfill the pond at that point. That will still leave me a few hundred for myself! I need to move my iris’ out of my kitchen garden (where everything new seems to land) to the new front garden, and I have to get a good load of mulch to put over the canus plants. The canus are supposed to be pulled up in the fall and stored, but last time I did that I killed them. I figure if I mulch them good they should be ok for next year. In the city many people leave them in the ground year round with no trouble.
I still have part of a large felled tree laying on my patio – about 3′ in diameter – waiting to be sliced for firewood. The weather is cool enough, so I have no excuse for not getting it done. The wood (some of which I burned last winter/early spring) burns very well. I didn’t even have to buy firewood this year because I will have plenty from the dead tree I cut down (partially at this point) on my back patio.
Lots to do… but I imagine most are experiencing that in their own back yards.
Smile and make it a great day!