Busy October

I’ve been digging, deadheading, mowing, and raking. I’m moving my to-do list along.

Are you raking leaves yet? If you live in New England and have maple trees, Ship Foliage in Massachusetts is willing to pay $1 for each perfect red, yellow, and orange maple leaf. Why? Well, they need them for their business, and there is a shortage because of weather. So, if you have perfect maple leaves, head outdoors, and you could earn up to $100. 🙂

When I got done with several beds of Hosta, I came to the conclusion that I needed to reduce and recycle. I potted up 10 huge ones in shrub sized pots for next year’s plant sale, and gave another dozen to a fellow gardener. I kept reminding myself that they aren’t my children.

A gardener is always looking ahead to the next growing season. It’s who we are. 🌺 So, here is my best gardening find in a while – double galvanized antique wash tubs. Next summer, they will be potted up with plants.

A couple of weeks ago, I went to the local quilt guild’s annual quilt show. Besides the beautiful quilts that were on display, it made me smile to see my favorite longarm quilter had helped win two blue ribbons.

My grandson’s king sized quilt top is finished, and she is working on it right now. I’ll put together the binding and create a label this week, and then I’ll be ready when she calls.

It was also time to renew my driver’s license. I’ve enjoyed driving since my teens and appreciate the privilege. I gladly pay that $50 fee every five years. This year was different. They upgraded their computer system which resulted in a 2-3 hour wait. I could put you to sleep or enrage you giving you the details of the two-day escapade, but I’ll save you and just say that it was the MVD at their worst.

Saturday, I went to the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester to tour the museum and attend a Master Gardener workshop with Margaret Roach. She gardens in the Hudson Valley of New York, and her website is AWayToGarden. She has written a couple of gardening books, blogs, produces an email newsletter and podcasts.

This week includes a welcome visit with friends, a couple of appointments, spreading wood chips where I took those Hosta out, and probably a few more hours of deadheading.

The fall chores go on but they are slowing down. Are you working on a fall to-do list?

Garden as though you will live forever.  William Kent

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About Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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48 Responses to Busy October

  1. KerryCan says:

    Yes, we’re raking! And all that other fall stuff. I had to laugh at your galvanized tubs–I have an *identical* set and use them as planters, too. Can’t wait to see what you do with yours!

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  2. Your flowers put a smile on my face this morning!

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  3. Murphy's Law says:

    Your flowers are so pretty. And those quilts are super. Love the galvanized tubs. My mother had 3-4 of them filled with flowers. Everyone in our neighborhood loved them.

    Raking leaves here. Annoying because I have one red maple in the front. The bulk of the leaves are in the back, and they all come from the neighbor’s trees!! Sigh….😄

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    • Well, now, you hit a sore spot. In this one section of the side front yard, we have one huge oak. Our neighbor has four huge oaks. She also has a decorator fence that has a space in between sections where all of her leaves come into our yard like a wind tunnel. They get caught by my plants and get packed in there. So, this year I put up a short green fence on our side and so far it is holding her leaves on her side. She is lucky enough to have a landscape crew that cleans everything so I don’t feel bad about it. 🙂

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  4. My mother had a set of galvanized tubs like yours, but each had a hose from the bottom that hooked on the side, so they worked like sinks. If you wanted to drain a tub, you unhooked the hose and dropped it onto the ground. We used them all the time in summer for washing vegetables when we were canning and freezing. Do your tubs have a stopper in the bottom?

    Love the quilts. Wish I time for a project like this. One day!

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    • I love how she used the tubs. There is not a stopper in them, but she gave me these rubber discs to use if I want them to hold water. After we picked them up, I looked them up on Pinterest and could not believe how they are incorporating them into new bathrooms and kitchens. Amazing.

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  5. Joanne Sisco says:

    Spring and fall are such busy times of the year for outdoor work and it sounds like you have everything well in hand. Although I’ve been sloooooowly chipping away at the yard work, there seems to always be something more to do. I can’t imagine how overwhelmed I’d feel if the yard was larger!!
    I just hope we don’t get a sudden freak snow storm – the greens surrounding our back yard are still green!
    Before long we will be ensconced indoors thinking back fondly on these days 🍁🌿

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  6. Laurie Graves says:

    Busy, busy indeed. Between going to fairs with Maya, working on a winter film series for our arts cinema, and getting fall chores done, there isn’t much spare time. On thing that really does help is that I no longer cut back my perennials in the fall. Jason, of Garden in the City, recommended this, and I tried it last year. Worked beautifully, with spring clean-up being no more work than it usually is.

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    • Jason is certainly a great gardener, but spring cleanup doesn’t work for me. We have so many huge trees and so much snow that has to be blown on the beds that by spring I have a compacted mess that I have to attack a little each day. Last year, I had one bed that I raked each morning for four days to get all the layers off. I don’t want to have to do that ever again. I’m thrilled it works for you and keeps your workload down. 🙂

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      • Laurie Graves says:

        Different gardens need different techniques. We do take care of the leaves in our yard, although I leave the ones that blow onto the gardens.

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  7. joey says:

    I love the galvanized tubs! That’s gonna be spectacular!
    I haven’t done much clean up yet. The Mister mowed recently, few leaves remain. I disassembled the vegetable garden and took down the sunflowers, only the marigolds remain. Kinda cheerful still.
    I took a photo of my geraniums this morning, because they say a freeze will come this week. I have noted ON PAPER that which should be divided again come spring. My speedwell is wild behind the garage, I think I need to give half of it to someone else. I’m still keeping my hosta divisions. They’re not my children, but for every one of them, there’s less to mow 🙂
    Sorry about your MVD experience. :/ Here, it’s the BMV and if we actually have to go in person, we drive 10 miles east to a small town branch where it’s mostly empty and the clerks are sweet.

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  8. Dawn says:

    You’ve been busy, Judy! It will be such fun to fill those galvanized tubs. So proud of you for digging out some of your Hostas! Doesn’t it feel good to share them? I’ve been working hard here to finish up my garden tasks. I think we will be raking this weekend. Before the cold weather arrives, I just have to dig up my Rosemary and Basil to grow in a sunny window. Wishing you happy Autumn days! ♡

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  9. Sue says:

    Your quote from Wm Kent reminded me of a neighbor. At the age of 85 he was planting a young maple in his front yard. His brother stopped over and asked” Why are you bothering with that? You’ll never live to see it do much” (gotta love some siblings) Bob replied “I’m not planting it for me, I’m planting it for my neighbors” Right now it’s a beautiful fall sight of shades of red. Bob’s passed at least 20 yrs ago but we old timers always tell the newcomers about the history of Bob and the gift of the beautiful maple.

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  10. I’ve been busy raking leaves too… unfortunately the leaves belong to our neighbors’ trees. We have succulents which behave themselves better and any fallen leaves stay put in our yard (although no one would pay us $1 each for them 😄). Since we expect to get temps up to 90 degrees today, I’ll probably opt to stay mostly inside out of the sun. I’m looking forward to cooler temps.

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  11. I had to smile about the leaves. Earlier this morning there was a video in my FB feed showing a guy with a huge yard covered with leaves. Rake? No. Leaf Blower? No. A huge piece of cardboard! He just pushes the leaves with that to the edge of his yard, then I suppose he bags them up there.

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    • Everyone has their own way of doing it. I rake and use a snow shovel to pick them up to put them in my bag to haul them to the woods. The guy across the street is raking today, and he’s putting them on a tarp. My neighbor and also one guy across the street wait until the end of November and call in the landscape company to use their blowers. I must admit I went outside to see if we had any ‘perfect’ maple leaves floating around, but unless I want to get out a ladder and cut them off the tree, I’m out of luck. 🙂

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  12. tonytomeo says:

    $1 a leaf!? Wow. Our leaves are just beginning to fall on the West Coast of California, with minimal color. Only the sweetgums and pistaches are starting to show color, and slowly.

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  13. Goodness, with a couple of decent trees you could fund your retirement selling lovely leaves. What does the business do with them? While she was working on a cruise ship in Canada and Alaska, my daughter bought me a maple leaf which had been dipped in copper. It’s beautiful. Judy, your garden and quilt sound lovely. I hope we get to see a photo of the finished quilt. I finished my last quilt UFO a couple of months ago and now I’m crocheting a blanket for my other daughter.

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    • On their website, it looks like they dip them in clear acrylic. I don’t know what they do after that. I have to tell you that when I first heard the story on the local news I thought I was hearing things because outside leaves are falling like snow. But, I think I’d need a ladder to cut a ‘perfect’ one off a tree. 🙂 Congrats on finishing your last UFO. That is a big accomplishment. Learning to crochet is on my bucket list of things to do. 🙂

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  14. Haven’t done much cleanup here yet and no leaf raking as most are still on their trees. It would have been a great day to mow (garbage and lawn detritus pick-up tomorrow morning), but it rained and mizzled like crazy yesterday and is cloudy and chilly today, so the grass is not only wet, but probably getting ready to be 2″ longer tomorrow morning. We may have to borrow some sheep. Like the flowers, the wash tubs, the quilts, the post. What more can I say? 🙂

    janet

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  15. germac4 says:

    Well, it is spring here, so I’m not clearing up leaves, but I have made a decision for next autumn, I’m only going to plant bulbs in pots, I just can’t keep track of them in the garden….I think we’ll go for more low maintance perennials.
    I love the quilt for your grandson, oh to be so talented! (now that I have a very cute granddaughter)
    Happy gardening!

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    • I love, love, love spring bulbs, but the population of squirrels and chipmunks here dig them up so I end up with one strange bulb sticking up here and there. The idea of planting them in pots is interesting, but I’d still have to wire the pot and then store it. I guess I’m destined to enjoy other gardener’s bulbs. 🙂

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  16. The wash tubs look fantastic! They’ll make really nice flower pots, and I can’t wait to see what you plant and how they look lush with blossoms.

    We haven’t started raking yet. Our Ginko tree is always one of the last to yellow and drop its leaves. It’s still green and very lush. Our wet winter, long summer is probably going to make change color, and drop leaves well into December this year. We’ll see, but nothing will surprise me.

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  17. Oddment says:

    What fun to read everyone’s comments about the season where each is! I’m in the season of Who-Knows? Nomadic at the moment, I’m at my son’s, where his wooded back yard is gloriously gold. Someone else is raking the leaves that used to be mine. My next yard is microscopic but will have leaves aplenty. I love the story of Bob (and his sibling), and likewise I love your new tubs and those quilts. What fabulous ways to pause the gardening season!

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    • I hope your move in date is getting closer. 🙂 Working outside quickens my pulse with the exception of raking and moving leaves. I would much prefer to watch someone else do it. I’m stilling looking for that someone. 🙂

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      • Oddment says:

        I read your reply with a mouthful of coffee, which almost ended up in my windpipe. I so agree: leaves are more lovable when they’re on the trees! That “someone else” is nowhere to be found!

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  18. Brenda says:

    I love those washtubs. I would use them for washing fleeces outside. I also love the quote. Keep on planting. Or raking, in your case!

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  19. Rupali says:

    Wow collecting and selling Maple leaves is such fun idea and very creative I say but I am sure here there are no buyers.
    Making a nice quilt is in my wish list. It’s not in my retirement plan though 😀 as I don’t want to postpone it for a couple of decades you see!!!

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  20. I love all these photos, and the feather quilt is fantastic!

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  21. Annie says:

    Whew! Heavy gardening, quilt show, new drivers license, MG workshop with Margaret Roach, and visiting with friends! That’s quite a workload but all pleasant except for the MDV. Hubby and I went together to upgrade to the Homeland Security’s ‘Real ID’ and were warned about the wait. We arrived before they opened and there were 15 people already waiting along the sidewalk. Yikes!

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    • The first day I stayed an hour and then realized based upon my number, I had about three more hours to go. I went back the next morning at 7:15. There was already one car there and a couple behind me. So, we all got out and stood by the door. At 8, there were 30 of us standing there. There’s something wrong with this procedure. 🙂

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  22. Now that quite suddenly, Autumn has appeared, there is SO much to do I don’t think we’ll get halfway there before it gets really cold. I’m watching the wind blow all the beautiful leaves off the trees while the rain comes down. I didn’t even get a whole day to shoot it!

    We used to have a lot of “mini RMVs” everywhere. At the mall, in town, even the post office. Massachusetts decided it was too expensive and closed them all. Now, if you can’t do it online, it’s a long, tiring wait on one of the few RMV offices that haven’t been closed.

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  23. Eliza Waters says:

    Boy, who says money doesn’t grow on trees? It has been a bad year for sugar maples, but the reds aren’t letting us down. The rain and wind are having their way with them right now, however. I expect come morning, things are going to be looking a good deal differently out there.

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  24. Joyce says:

    Not a gardener here, as you well know – but I love coming here to see the fruit of your hard work! (And imagining what your “real” tomatoes must taste like while I slice up my store brought “plastic” ones!)
    My grandma had wash tubs like yours! She used them for everything from soaking dirty clothes to flea-bathing kittens to rinsing freshly picked apples. I have her beautiful copper tub, too. This reminds me to polish it and fill it with silk flowers and grasses for my kitchen window seat!

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  25. Ogee says:

    You exhaust me! And the photos are gorgeous. 🙂

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