Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Halloween Garden Cleanup and Planting Time Too! Let's Review How to Get This Done

Summer's Heat has given way to Autumn cooler temperatures, let's review ways to get your garden ready for the oncoming cold that is sure to happen.


Autumn is that wonderful time of year when the weather gets a little cooler and the days start to have a little bite in them.  Leaves are turning those beautiful shades of yellow, gold, orange, and red. Everywhere the eye goes, it's a myriad of beautiful colors to keep us all in Awe!  What a wonderful mystical, beautiful time of year.  The Maker's  paintbrush is never still and our picture changes daily.
Everyday,  I look out over my balcony and the trees are changing colors from one day to the next.  Yesterday the leaves were all green and today it seems that they are turning shades of gold, red, browns and oranges.  One day makes such a difference.


It's also time to get cracking on the Autumn garden chores! 


If you are not sure what to do with all those leaves,  give that link(Autumn garden chores) a quick review, your garden will love you for it.  It doesn't hurt to organize our chores for the best outcomes in our gardens. 


Cooler Days and changing colors are a shock to the system after all of summer's warm days.  Time moves on and these changes are a gardener's Alarm Clock, because the next thing is garden cleanup before the winds of winter come.


Don't fret!  Garden cleanup is easier than you think.  You just need the right tools and the right attitude and your job will be done lickety split!


Because Autumn is also the time for Halloween, we can do two things at once!  By using our leaves in funky Halloween decorator bags, we now have our glorious pumpkin display all done.  Or if you prefer you can also make crazy spiders and pumpkins to give all the kids a good chuckle.   Packing those bags will be child's play after raking them all together and then using our monster hands to stuff the bags. Now after all the festivities are over, don't throw all those beautiful leaves away. Use a chipper/grinder to make the world's easiest and best mulch for your garden beds. The extras can go into the composter along with the worms and everyone will be happy! You won't believe the work that those worms will do in the composter.  Even in the winter months, those worms are working away.  The beauty of a compost heap is that it will remain warm all winter long.  The worms will be happy and so will you when you see what they accomplish while you are inside staying toasty warm.

Autumn is also a great time to buy yourself a new pair of gloves, because I'm sure the ones you started out with in the spring have seen better days, and they just might be on sale at this time of year. You know you will always use them.



Once the gardens are all cleaned-up, it will be easy to see where to plant all the tulips and daffodils, crocus and snowbells, grape hyacinths and some irises too!  The time to do that is now!   Fall Bulbs are available in just about every garden store around.  If you want that gorgeous Spring Garden you do have to plant those bulbs in the fall.  Spring will be just bursting forth sooner than you think and those bulbs will be so happy to grow in your well mulched beds. It's a little bit of heaven in just a few short months and something to pin your hopes on while the cold winds blow. The Leaves you have mulched added under the bulbs will give those bulbs an extra boost of good compost right under their roots, so they will grow big and strong! You won't be disappointed. Good gardeners and great gardens all give so much credit to the mulch that is brought right down into the soil. Best of all, it's free fertilizer and no chemicals! All natural, Mother Nature will thank you and so will all your family when they are enjoying the fruits of your labor. Such a pretty sight, a well tended garden can bring a smile to you and everyone else too!

I hope you take the time to enjoy the changing of the seasons and preparing your gardens for the Spring of 2018!  In planting for the spring, you give everyone a reason to hope for the future and the brightness of your fabulous garden to come.
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11 comments:

  1. You have several bits of good advice for gardeners here as we head into the Autumn season. Thanks, Olivia.

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    1. You are very welcome Miss Elf.....glad you found them useful.

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  2. Thanks for the tips. I love this time of year

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    1. It certainly is a beautiful time of year isn't it. God's paintbrush is so full of some beautiful colors and magic is all around. It's cooler too and that's a bonus!

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  3. I love fall! A few days ago I opened my back door to discover my yellow Mums were blooming. My husband has already done the trimming and clean up for this year, so I have the luxury of sitting back and enjoying the vast array of colors of fall. Although, as you mentioned, I might add a few more bulbs to my garden this year. It won't be long before spring

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    1. Aren't you the lucky one! Your gardener is on top of things and sets you up so nicely to enjoy the fruits of his labor. I love it. Don't forget to plant your garlic too! It's the best time to do it as the garlic becomes stronger in flavor if it has gone through one winter season.

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  4. Always the best advice, Olivia. When I had a large garden I would pile up all of the leaves on top of it and mulch them with my mower. Then I would turn them over with my tiller. Thanks!

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    1. Yes Sam, that is another way to do it, so long as those leaves go back into the ground you are doing the right thing for sure. Glad you think my advice is the best!

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  5. Thanks for the great tips on getting the yard cleaned up in the fall...now I just need to get out and put them to good use!

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    1. You can do it Beverly Owens. It just takes a little organization to do it right and have it done.....good luck!

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  6. Time does move on doesn't it; seems like yesterday we were just cleaning up for spring flowers. You've read my mind for this post indeed; our yard needs a fall cleaning and the patio furniture will soon be put away as well. Before we know it, it will be spring again.

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