Have you noticed it’s getting dark earlier? The seasons they are a changing that is for sure. Peak leaf color is going to be considerably earlier this year.
It’s been good weather for working outdoors so I’ve taken advantage of it to start fall projects including enlarging the area where our raised beds are located.
I’ve added on 8′ by about 35′ which meant putting down cardboard to suppress the grass, covering the area with landscape fabric, and finishing it off with a load of chips. Ever wondered how many garden carts in a load of $12 wood chips there are? Thirteen, I counted just for you. 🙂
Be sure to check out the dead grass and the wavy plastic edging. I reused the plastic edging I had there from last year because I’m a recycle, repurpose, reuse type of person. 🙂 However, there is no comparison between plastic edging and metal edging which stays straight and true.
While digging near the edge of our 1840’s era barn, I found an interesting piece of green glass in the shape of a heart with three letters showing – “T TO. ” It made me smile, but I sure have been puzzling over what type of glass container that could have been.
Once the space was enlarged, the shoveling of soil and moving of beds started so there is more area to move around.
The added space will also allow me to try a raised bed or two using galvanized window wells attached together and providing a 20″x39″ planting area for about $42.
There are some decent sales in the fall on plants if you’re looking to adjust your landscape.
I’ve made three table toppers, moved on to a Christmas project, read numerous books including Linda Castillo’s Outsider, and did a little baking of sugar cookies and apple shortbread bars.
I attached the sugar cookie recipe at the end in case someone is a sugar cookie fan or has someone in their family who loves good sugar cookies. The recipe came from the KC Star about 20 years ago, and I apologize for the staple, but it’s attached to a paper where I calculated out half a recipe because it makes a big batch. I don’t add the extra sugar on top or press it down because it is perfect without it. 🙂 If you like to bake in big batches, I also use an ice cream scoop to portion the dough out, freeze them on a flat pan, and then put them in a freezer bag so I can just pull a few out at a time to bake.
We’ve gotten our flu shots, absentee ballots, and plan to stay far away from all the tourists this weekend – check, check, and check.
But, today, is Friday, and my Friday friend and I are going to share a lunch and talk sewing. Now, that’s the best way to start a long weekend.
Have plans for the weekend? Do tell and have fun and stay safe. 🙂