Fall Checklist

I am almost done, almost. A few more hours of cutting back, and gardening season is over. Well, except for all those bulbs that need to be planted and a ‘few’ weeds that need to be dug up. 🙂

Most of the furniture, containers, and garden decorations have been put away, shrubs and plants have been moved, tubers cleaned and stored, some fertilizer applied.

A senior gardener’s mind is never really prepared for gardening season to be over, but the body sure is ready to move inside so the back, knees, and hands can have a break.

Happy Fall!

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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52 Responses to Fall Checklist

  1. Oddment says:

    Beautiful images of fall, both in color and in feel. And there certainly is a feel to such images. Letting go of gardening for a while is a welcome change to knees, back, and hands, as you note, but there is also the lingering of the gardener’s itch. It will be back full force with the spring catalogs, of course. Congratulations on being “ready almost.” And thanks for the turkey chuckle. They must be thinking they’re in a vegetarian neighborhood.

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    • Yes, once the physical part is finished, the mental part kicks in about next season. 🙂 Those turkeys just stroll through the area like they don’t have a care in the world. There was a total of 22 today, and I must say they’re getting bigger. My granddaughter is pretty darn good with a bow, but I don’t think I could convince her fresh turkey would be worth it. 🙂

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  2. Murphy’s Law says:

    Those turkeys know they’re safe in your yard. You wouldn’t hurt them! Did they teach you the Turkey Trot on their way through? Love the bees on the Dahlia. Those trees that have changed color are spectacular! And the potatoes look better than what I see in our market.

    Michael has already raked leaves, but it was only a drop in the bucket compared to what’s waiting to come down. Sigh.

    Glad the gardening chores are about done. Your body can definitely use a rest and your sewing machine misses you. It’s ready to tackle another quilt.

    BTW, Terri got us appointments for this Friday for our booster shots. Hooray!
    Ginger

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    • I usually open the window to get a shot, and they just glance up at me. I have to laugh as they just leisurely pass through. I’ve actually been sewing a ‘little’ bit on two purses and a bag that I have all the material for. Hooray for the booster!!

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  3. Beautiful pictures. Good crop of potatoes! I raised them a few times. Easy peasy mostly. Gardeners do long for the fall for a break. It’s a long break until spring.

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  4. Karen says:

    The turkeys in New Hampshire truly are bold creatures. They always gathered in our orchard to feast on apples right before Thanksgiving. Evidently, they don’t know that an apple stuffed turkey can be delicious. 😁

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  5. Dan Antion says:

    Safe haven for turkeys, and a lot of work. I’m glad you have a great head start, Judy. The leaves will probably continue to require attention, but maybe a little here and a little there will get the job done. No doubt you’re already thinking about the winter projects. I hope you have a great week.

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  6. My, my! You have been busy. I am about halfway through. Can’t bear to empty the pots where the flowers are still blooming. But in the next week or two I’ll be finishing up. Sniff! Beautiful pictures.

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  7. Fall is beautiful there with all the reds. With all the work you’ve done in your garden and others you deserve a nice long break!

    I grew up hunting for meat but, my children didn’t so you can imagine my surprise that my daughter has the gene. Since she’s moved out to the country she and The Handsome Surveyor have become ranchers on a small scale; chickens, ducks, roosters, and turkeys are what they’re raising and one turkey has been chosen for dinner. She keeps telling me not to get attached cause they’re food not pets. It’s so weird when your kids become the teacher isn’t it. 😀

    Enjoy the slower pace and break this week!

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    • So, now you not only get to see the family but visit the ranch and animals. Lady, you are one lucky woman. 🙂 Fresh turkeys around here go for a small fortune. I mean $100+. The local turkey farmer my daughter buys from takes reservations because he sells out so quickly. I worked all morning to finish a couple of areas. I’m closing in on it. 🙂

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  8. John Hric says:

    Different garden different check list. Looks like you are just about ready for winter. The digging and moving are just about done here Judy. And the first two compost piles are full. Ready to start on the third one.

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    • I moved a couple of good sized shrubs last week and thought, great, I’m done with that, and then realized today I need to move a couple more. I have a compost barrel on a stand that I can turn by flipping it over. The only negative is I need another one. 🙂 Happy gardening at your house.

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  9. Such beautiful images! The autumn raspberries are amazing this year! We haven’t had a frost yet, and they are still coming!

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  10. Eliza Waters says:

    Your energy impresses me constantly, Judy. I’m slowly wading through my chore list… I’m the tortoise and you are the hare!

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    • Don’t you laugh when you go out thinking you have x number of things to do, and three to four hours later you’re still out there because you keep finding something more. 🙂 I noticed I need to dig and move a couple of shrubs yesterday, but I’m putting it off until we get some rain and the digging is easier. 🙂

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  11. Joyce says:

    You’ve shown us a full color wheel of beauty!
    We, too, enjoy an occasional flock of meandering turkeys. They come in numbers of a dozen or more and take their fearless time crisscrossing yards. Sometimes the “train” of them seems to never end! Our community FB page had a recent post of them holding up rush hour traffic as they took their jolly old time crossing our busiest street!

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    • I love it! Turkeys rule! I was headed to the library one day and was not far from home when traffic was stopped. I kept trying to figure out why and finally saw them sauntering across the road. They seem to survive better than deer around here. Hope all is well with you and your beautiful family.

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  12. Lovely images of the changing leaf colors. After reading about your winter prep I feel a little guilty that my chores today including planting a new blueberry bush and repotting a few succulents. “Winter prep” in the coastal desert southwest, I guess.

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    • Happy repotting! I hope your blueberry bush grows well and produces for you. I have five very unhappy bushes that do nothing except produce nice leaves. Every year I think about getting rid of them, but I can’t bring myself to do it even though they take up valuable growing space.

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  13. The snap into cold weather made my son realize that we have to take care of what we humorously call “the grounds” pretty much now. We’re getting incredible autumn foliage this year and I think we have a few more days of possible shooting. This year really raced by. Hard to believe I can feel those first of winter’s icy fingers.

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  14. Helen says:

    Your garden is beautiful, enjoy the rest. I live in the sub-tropics and we don’t get a non-gardening season. I have to weed any time it rains 🙂

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  15. germac4 says:

    What a lovely collection of photos to show us the beauty of Fall in your neighbourhood. The bees are still enjoying the flowers, your dahlia looks especially pretty. I know what you mean about the body needing a rest from gardening, my knees are telling me that now!
    Best wishes and enjoy a well earned rest from gardening.

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  16. Thanks for these beautiful fall colors! Now it’s time for you to take a break and relax!

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  17. pbmgarden says:

    A nice shift to mark the season. Bet those potatoes are delicious. The zinnias must be tasty too. Enjoy getting bulbs out. Just received a shipment today but it seems early for here. I usually wait until Nov, Dec although the weather is much nicer this time of year. Take care.

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  18. RuthsArc says:

    Some beautiful autumn colours here, Judy.

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  19. bikerchick57 says:

    I’ve been slowly cleaning off the patios, but it’s been hard. With the warm autumn, everything was still blooming and green. Like my neighbor said, who did the same yesterday, “I feel like I’m committing murder.” I’m leaving two blooming flowers to do what they want while I’m gone on vacation so there will be two less counts of plant homicide when I’m finally arrested. 😉

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  20. You really do have a beautiful garden, and it shows so nicely in these pics. Raspberries are back? How dare them for ever leaving! – Marty

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    • I’ve been picking raspberries in October almost every day for the first time ever. However, yesterday those turkeys came trotting through, and I watched them jump up and eat all the ones that were there. I’m good with sharing worms and bugs, but, hey, leave the fruit alone. 🙂

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  21. Nancy says:

    What a beautiful gallery of fall! And how about those turkeys! I put all my mums in the side yard so my neighbor could enjoy them while we are gone.
    And I need your energy… it has taken me a week or so to finally feel settled.
    Happy Fall… and don’t work too hard!

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  22. My favourite job at this point is to rearrange plants in the garden. If one didn’t look as happy as it should during the summer I give it a new spot. But all the other jobs are done, bulbs planted garlic planted.. The day it is done and I am forced inside, the catalogues come out. I never make it past Christmas without ordering my seeds for next year.. Still don’t know what to do with the dahlias… they are blooming still and beautiful.. do the stay in the ground or get pulled? They are new to me….

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    • Rearranging plants to get them just right? I do it every year. 🙂 Sun is a big issue for me because a neighbor has two old pines that tower over one bed, and I don’t really want to make that bed any bigger. Yes, dreaming of next year’s garden is always fun. I’ve had dahlias for about three years now. I’m in zone 5b and have to take them out. Mine were still blooming too, but I wanted to get them taken care of before I was working in my winter gear. 🙂 I dig them up with a fork, remove all the dirt I can, remove any unhealthy tubers, and then store them in peat in plastic containers not tightly covered in a dark space. My sister-in-law uses those three drawer plastic storage containers you can buy from the box store and labels the drawers to keep them organized. This year I had three huge clumps that I could not get apart. I finally got brave enough to just saw them apart and then clean them up by removing any damaged tubers. If the weather keeps getting warmer here, I may be able to leave them in the ground before long. 🙂

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      • This is my first year with Dahlias. My friend had gorgeous ones and always shared the flowers but she moved off the island. She said she never dug them up. I thought I would give them at ry. They are still blooming and gorgeous but I planted them in the wrong place. They bloom towards the sun leaving their backs to my view of them. So I need to move them.! Good tip on how to store them thx.. we are in 8b but seems like 9 in the last two years but according to the “books” there is no 9 in Canada… have fun in the garden…

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  23. Homegrown raspberries! Delicious. Those turkeys need to start running, now! 🙂

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  24. Ally Bean says:

    I’m back to blogging and wanted to see what was up with you. I love your photos, especially the bees on the dahlias. We’ve barely begun to experience fall here. No colorful trees, no dragging things inside… yet. But I know our time will come soon enough.

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