I thought I had just accepted it was September and what happens, I blink and it’s almost October. So, what now?
Well, the garage has been cleaned so we can start stacking wood pellets.
The attic has been cleaned and eight rolls of insulation has been laid across the joists to double up the insulation in the half of the attic we can reach.
The other half where you balance on the joists is being done by a company with young, experienced employees.
The deadheading has started, and we’re looking to rent a tractor with a bucket to move the soil out of the raised beds and into the new beds so I can get the perennial beds in front planted. I repositioned plants at my section of the Joe B. Parks Riverwalk Garden and dug up three buckets of grasses to give to a fellow Master Gardener.
The morning temps have fallen into the low 30’s, most of the screens have been stored, the windows need to be washed, and almost all the patio furniture has been put away.
Bottom line – it’s fall and it’s time to batten down the hatches for the winter season.
One thing is very interesting, the turning of the leaves is going very slowly. I took a walk through a subdivision yesterday where the sidewalks are wide and the route is about 3 miles long, Trees are still very green and homeowners are still watering their grass, the sidewalk and road. It amazes me that people still pour water onto a lawn any time of year but especially when it is about to go dormant.
If you are wondering if I did anything fun, the answer is yes. I picked Macoun apples after a Master Gardener meeting, delivered my king-sized quilt to the long arm quilter (yeah), played a couple of card games with both grands and a lopsided Monopoly game with the family champ, my grandson. I sewed a couple of table centerpieces, took a line dancing class, and finished reading Lee Child’s new Jack Reacher book, “Make Me” and James Patterson’s new Mike Bennett book, “Alert.”
This week I’m doing some volunteer gardening at a NH Native Garden, and I’m scheduled to dig up some Lady’s Mantle and then replant them as a birder at one of the church gardens I volunteer at.
So, what are you up to as we quickly approach the first of October?