It’s nine days into the month of September and already there are signs of fall including some trees starting to change color, leaves covering the ground under others, and night temperatures falling into the low 40’s. Where did the summer go?
The squash was taken out by bugs, the tomatoes have been attacked by every type of disease imaginable, but we’re still eating the tomatoes that have developed and the lettuce that was planted in May. Who knew we’d still be eating lettuce in September from a May planting?
The broccoli, cauliflower, and potatoes have done fine while the raspberries were abundant and the blueberries were non-existent. Throughout the ups and downs of the dramatic weather swings, the perennials kept growing and flourishing.
Now the fall cleanup and prep work for next season starts. Besides the normal cleanup, we added a new raspberry bed, removed a bed of day lilies for a new planting bed, and I’m trying to come up with a plan to enrich the soil in the raised beds. And, of course, I’ve been moving plants – it’s fall and that is what gardeners do, right?
The sewing/quilting bug hit me earlier this year so I’ve started two small quilts and have been sewing, using the embroidery machine for some blocks, and putting blocks together in between gardening sessions.
I also took on a Master Gardener project helping a group resurrect the Forest Glade Cemetery Chapel Garden that has been neglected for quite a while but has good bones.
So, before I run out of energy, does anyone have any suggestions for improving the soil in raised beds that has worked for you? All feedback is welcome and appreciated.
Now we’re off on a short trip with our granddaughter to see Mt. Washington. Hey, you have to enjoy this fall weather before the snow flies. 🙂