I’m looking forward to spring. I know, it’s not even winter yet, but autumn is the season when I pull apart the fading foliage of my garden and take steps to prepare for next spring. Chuck got into the thick of it this year. Take a look.
Yesterday and today I took to the task of harvesting all tomatoes that could ripen indoors. The herb pots are already inside. Next, I pulled all the tomato plants and tossed them on the brush pile at the back of our yard.
We’re adding leftover potting soils to the new patch as I deal with most of the containers. If weather permits, I will dig out compost from the base of the brush pile and from the base of the compost bin and fill in what I can of the new patch. It’s going to be a raised bed, built inside the repurposed lumber that Chuck assembled so nicely. Whatever I don’t fill this fall, we’ll build up next spring.
It’s another experiment: straw bale gardening. As long as we were expanding the once-triangular plot, we decided to try the bales. A year from now, when the growing season is done, the straw-based soil will become compost for the future. Planning ahead, we are.
But stay tuned, folks. There are still piles and piles of green tomatoes ripening indoors. I’m sure there will be stories.
So, readers, what kind of autumn tasks have fallen your way? Leaves? Lawns?
While you do your thing with vegetables and herbs, I am out securing protein to feed the family. Yes, geese, ducks, turkey and deer are my work for the fall.
We are beginning to clear out dying plants on our patio. However, the Mothers Day geraniums are still going strong!