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November 15th, 2016

Fall cleanup is always one of my favorite chores, especially the final mowing of the lawn and fallen leaves. Not only does it create a tidy lawn/landscape, it provides loads of valuable mulch to make spring weeding much less of a chore. Ever since I first started gardening I’ve been mixing grass clippings and chopped leaves and applying them to my compost piles and using it as mulch in my flowerbeds.
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I have a much larger lawn (about an acre and a half) and loads more trees (150 acres of them), so it takes me days upon days to finish up this chore in the fall. The areas under the old apple trees got most of the mulch this year, hopefully next year they will be mostly weed free and then they can receive a dressing of compost from here on out. This is my favorite fall cleanup chore, but it’s also the most relieving to have finished as well. I finished just in time yesterday, today we’re supposed to get an inch of rain.

What’s your favorite fall cleanup chore in the garden?

Lighting a Fire

October 28th, 2014

There’s nothing that will light a fire under a gardener like seeing SNOW in the 10 day forecast. ┬áThat will turn the slow rhythm of fall cleanup into a frenzy of work, at least it does around here, perhaps I’m the only one.
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Yesterday was spent madly mowing and mulching leaves, planting a few remaining perennials and emptying all the pots of summer annuals. The soil from these containers don’t get composted yet, I’ll put it into a few long planted boxes, add a sprinkling of kelp and mineral mix, then seed cilantro, lettuce a few other herbs for winter harvests.
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It’s looking rather bare outside now, no pots over flowering with blooms. Sometimes in the winter I take the pots and fill them with pine greenery and grapevine stars, I probably won’t get around to doing that this year. There is definitely something therapeutic about cleaning out the containers and all the remains of summer from the garden. It’s a bit like cleaning out the closet, you feel lighter when you’re finished. Now I can spend my winter dreaming about the creative things I can do with containers next year!

Any snow in your forecast yet?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

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