Photo by Jessica Walliser
I love fall, but during this time of year, my garden presents me with many chores.
Fall has definitely arrived. The leaves are dropping like flies and thereâ€™s a bit of nip in the air. I love this time of year. Not for the pending winter, for sure, but for the finality of the growing season. Itâ€™s a good time to take stock of garden successes and get ready for a rest.Â
Still, it also brings soooo many chores. Last weekend, I started to rip out the veggie garden and get it in order. The cuke and squash vines have been composted along with the pepper plants. The crazy out-of-hand borage plant was uprooted and the herb garden trimmed and tamed. I canâ€™t say I loved theÂ â€śAmishâ€ť thyme I put in this spring (to me, it is no different then regular thymeâ€”I didnâ€™t taste any difference) but Iâ€™ll wait â€™til spring to decide if I want to keep it. I pulled out the basil before it got frosted for the first time ever. No more pesto, please! A few plants went a long way this summer.Â
This weekend, I plan to tackle the tomato plants, pulling them up, harvesting the remaining green fruits and pulling up the hardwood stakes. I should also harvest the last few cabbage heads and tuck them into the fridge while Iâ€™m at it. Iâ€™ll leave the beets and carrots in until Thanksgiving or maybe even beyond. Last yearâ€™sÂ beets and turnips lasted well into the winter. A nice December treat, for sure!
I have managed to tackle the perennial-garden chores. It looks much better. The containers, too, will have to be deconstructed soon. But thatâ€™s for another dayâ€” like I said, sooooo many chores!