I keep reading how Fall is everyone’s favorite time of year. It is nice, the colors are beautiful especially here in the Northeast, but it is also a lot of work to put things to bed and get ready for the cold winter months.
So, I’ve been busy the last couple of weeks and will be for several more.
I’ve done some outside painting. I redid our entry, touched up other things including the chicken coop where I had to do a little scraping first, and did a couple of windows. Now, they’ll all survive the rain, snow and ice.
Some inside cleaning and paint touch up have also been checked off my list.
I pulled up the garden and because of the challenging summer weather and bugs I wanted to do what I could to help the soil recover.
So, I first covered everything with leaves we had piled up from last year. They had already started to compost – you could smell that earthy smell or as my granddaughter said – smells like death. In leaves, that is a really good thing.
Covering the leaves with compost was my next goal. Compost costs about $6.50 per bag, and I would have needed a lot of bags. So, my husband took our utility trailer and got a yard at a local landscape company for $35.
We then shoveled it into all the raised beds and a small bed near the new raspberry row. What I had left, I hauled around and distributed to planters and newly transplanted shrubs.
Once I had the compost covering the leaves, I reused my burlap from last year and covered everything up to keep weeds from sprouting.
I’ve also moved a lot of plants around but still have a few to go. I needed to straighten up some beds and divide some plants and just get things lined up for the next growing season.
And, then there is the deadheading. I have a lot of that left to do – a lot.
I did take time out last week to go apple picking at Butternut Farm. They have a large selection of apples including Macouns which are my absolute favorite.
Macoun apples are a cross between the McIntosh and Jersey Black varieties.
My grandson came for breakfast yesterday so I made a Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cake.
I think I may have to make time to go get some more because my stock is getting low.
Hope your fall chores are going well and that your weather is sunny and warm. Have a good week.