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Putting the Garden To Bed

November 8th, 2006 at 06:22 pm

I found a break in the weather over the week end and spent the time outside doing the not-so-popular end of season chores in my garden.

I don't know about the rest of you, but after the rush of spring planting and watching things sprout and grow...........and then the fun of harvesting and cooking with the things I've grown; I'm just about done with gardening.

So, it was with no enthusiasm whatsoever I headed outside. Pulling out spent flowers & vines, harvesting the last of the squash and cleaning up the weeds that had the nerve to come up in the garden.........I'm not done, by any means....but I'm DONE for this season.

If I could figure out a way to make a layer of leaf mulch on top of my garden beds I would, but with the wind blowing so hard; it would be futile. So, the beds are cleaned up, weeded and raked smooth; ready for spring. What a good feeling! I'll start next season with a good top dressing of compost and be off and running to do the same thing again!

Note to self: Do this end of season clean up marathon BEFORE the first freeze of the season. Afterwards, the vines & such get really slimy!

End result for the work........no money spent, good exercise (also free) and the great feeling that I'm already a step ahead for spring. Can't beat any of that!

2 Responses to “Putting the Garden To Bed”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    Do you have trees? Did you have any pine or cedar branches come down in the storm? I always put boughs over my raised beds as they blow down. The needles break down a bit over winter and add some acidity to the soil. I like them especially for around and over my berries and asparagus, but I'll do as many beds as I have branches for. They are heavier and don't blow away as leaf mulch can. You could also put down leaf mulch and then put branches on top of them to hold them in place, then remove the branches in the spring, snip them up for kindling, work the leaves into the soil and you are good to go.

  2. benn Says:

    I relish doing garden work, but its always worth your while when the flowers boom so gloriuosly!!

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