Fall is here. Even I have to acknowledge it after a couple of frosts.
Last Tuesday, we did the update at the nursing home garden by clearing the beds and planting 70 perennials that came from my garden and another Master Gardener’s. Yesterday, I cleaned the entry tank planters, trimmed perennials and mulched at the Mounted Patrol, and the last MG project I work on hopefully will finish up this week.
In between, I’ve been working on closing down my own beds. I’m always looking for opportunities to downsize so last week I decided to take out a Hosta bed. That doesn’t sound like much except those plants had been in the ground about ten years, and they weren’t coming out easily. I broke a metal shovel. I didn’t even know that was possible, but the truck load of plants is gone, some donated and some composted. This morning I’m putting the grass seed and the seeding mulch down, and now I have about three dozen less Hosta to maintain.
We also were able to get down about 50′ of flexible edging on Saturday. Come spring, we’ll have another 75′ to put down which will help with the task of edging annually.
In between, I read a couple of good books including Craig Johnson’s “Land of Wolves” which is #15 for his Walt Longmire character. Good read, and it had several highly enjoyable chuckles. I also read Robert B. Parker’s “The Bitterest Pill” by Reed Farrel Coleman. This is #18 for the Jesse Stone character. It was also a very good read, but it wasn’t light. It truly could pass for a primer on how the opioid business works.
I also went to a local adult education computer course on Canva. I’ve been using Canva for a year or two to design various social media notices for the Master Gardeners but thought I’d be able to pick up some pointers, and I did. If you’re looking for a free, basic, easy to use design program, you might want to check it out.
We also got in a visit to a local farm to check out their field of sunflowers and visiting pollinators while picking up some apples and tomatoes along with a few maple bourbon donuts and a pumpkin whoopie pie.
When you garden hardy, you definitely need some sweets to celebrate your accomplishments, or so I tell myself. 🙂