Fall gardening

We are coming into what for me is one of the busiest times of the year.

Of course the harvest is upon us and we are busy saving and storing goodies that will make us smile as we pull them out of the freezer later this year.

Planning fall chores and adding a few new plants is, for me, a perfect way to watch the seasons change. The shorter days and longer nights are a relief of sorts but also a promise of so much more to come.

I’ve started a list of things to do (yes, I know, but lists ensure all of those little jobs that take 5 or 10 minutes get done) come October. I’ve decided to take out the roses. They just don’t do well when no one is there to fertilizer, dead head and water. So out they go.

I’m going to expand the cone flowers by about double and try to think of a place a large clump of lilies won’t get eaten by the deer who have decided to call our house home since we are not around all the time.

I’ll plant a couple more Russian Sage out front under the trees to help block some road views and add more stone to the environment.

I like working with stone and have found that if I don’t make the mistake of using it too near plantings, that I like the texture it brings to a garden plan. I sometimes think that I’ve picked up every stone in the backyard at least twice; in some areas more. And, I’ve the worn-out glove collection to prove it.

I’d like to add a stone bench in the corner near the dog kennel that I cleaned out last month. I’ll reposition some of the statuary that I never get to enjoy so that I’ll see it more often when looking out the windows.

I’d like to add a gas firepit on the lower deck and know just where the line is. I’m thinking a gas fire, warm cushions and throws, and comfy chairs will make for a good start to fall and the inevitable leaf spotting.

Fall is just about the perfect time of the year. Life slows down and we can appreciate those other fall projects that take place indoors, the holidays.

 

Susan Woody has been a home and garden writer for more than 20 years and is an advanced master gardener.

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