Yet I am still running around and doing stuff, both in the garden and in the house. I have not yet succumbed to my annual Dying of the Light doldrums.
I'm amazed and thankful. I blame the Vitamin D I'm taking.
Holy moly! This stuff actually seems to work! I've been taking it since May 24th, so it isn't a fast fix, but it does seem to work. Getting my thyroid level adjusted probably helped, too.
Normally, I'm tired and grumpy and sad when the days get shorter. I haven't felt that way. In fact, I've enjoyed this fall. Having beautiful weather way into November is probably a big part of that, but I am grateful. So grateful! I watched the trees change color throughout the neighborhood without even a wisp of sadness. I was so busy rushing in the garden to get my work done before the first frost that I didn't have time to feel sad.
Since then, however, I still haven't slowed down. I'm turning out a frightful number of sugared confections in the kitchen, too. Marshmallows and caramels and cookies! Oh my! Mostly I'm recipe testing for Xmas presents, but even so!
Just yesterday I was mucking about in the yard and finally covered my raised beds in a 4"-6" layer of lightly chopped leaves. I whipped out the leaf blower and sucked up the enormous pile my lawn guy left for me. Then, when I ran out (Amazing, considering the size of the pile I was working with in the yard!), I blew the leaves in my back yard into nice, fluffy piles and then sucked them up, too. It took a few hours, but now my beds are covered (I'm certain the mice will be happy in the cozy beds.) and all I'm missing from my sheet composting experiment is a few bales of straw.
Just for grins, let's revisit my 2010 Garden Goals, shall we?
2010 Garden Chores List (Not necessarily in order)
- Move big elderberry to corner. DONE
- Dig up 6 agastache and relocate to front yard. DONE
- Remove and relocate 2 Chinese grasses to front yard. DONE
- Relocate caryopteris. DONE
- Move "Dawn" viburnum down to the left ~3'. DONE
- Fill with Russian sedum as ground cover. Covered with mulch instead.
- Feed crab apple tree on monthly basis through summer. DONE
- Order and spread mulch. DONE
- Take cuttings of sempervivums for new pathway. DONE
- Install 2 kinds of thyme (Woolly and variegated) in new pathway to help with roof runoff issues. DONE
- Relocate butterfly bush to front yard. DONE
- Move compact burning bush somewhere else. DONE
- Relocate plants from future pathway to side gate somewhere else in the xeric yard. DONE
- Clear out plants from around sprinkler heads. DONE
- Fix broken sprinklers. Repeat ad nauseum during entire length of summer. DONE
- Replace all old fashioned sprinklers. Only when they break.
- Move asters from back to front yard. DONE
- Weed sidewalk garden. DONE
- Weed xeric garden. DONE
- Relocate plants around xeric garden to fill empty spots. DONE
- Ditch irises from the front yard. Yes, all of them. Offer them for free to neighbors and meet new people. Neighbors LOVE free plants! DONE
- Move blue fescue to sidewalk (SW) garden. DONE
- Plant 3 new grasses in SW garden. DONE
- Order 6 shrubs and 3 grasses for part shade garden in back yard. DONE
- Rip out and relocate 3 peonies, Autumn Joy sedum, Blue Hills sage, large catmint, and 2 kinds of garden phlox. DONE
- Rip out Keys of Heaven, bindweed, bee balm, clematis tanguica, lamb's ear and other assorted weeds. DONE
- Sift wheelbarrows full of compost. DONE
- Install Java Red weigela, 3 Miscanthus 'Morninglight' in newly weeded sunny part of back yard. Maybe this will keep me weeding that section more frequently? DONE
- Move bronze sedge from shady part to sunny part. DONE
- Finally plant new scented penstemon purchased at DBG plant sale. DONE
- Rip out weeds and morning glories volunteering all over raised beds. DONE
- Plant cool weather seeds for "fall" veggies (e.g. spinach, peas, beans, zukes [45 and 50 day varieties, just to see if it's possible], lettuce, pak choi, cilantro, dill [very old seeds, will they work?], green onions, and carrots,) by Aug. 2nd. Realize that I probably should have started this in mid-July, but hope for the best. DONE
- Install new sprinkler line down to cover sunny corner of yard and keep new plantings happy. DONE
- Remove potting bench and its mess off deck. DONE
- Sort out pots and stuff, send bad pots to McGuckin's for recycling (Check with your local garden center - they may take all of your old pots for recycling, too!). Sorted, but not accepted at gardening center. I missed the drop off date by two weeks! Argh! I'm going to hold onto the pots until next year. Maybe they'll offer the program again in the spring?
- Clean deck and organize potted plants on deck. DONE
- Begin making mental list of plants to live on deck next summer. DONE
- Install bronze/purple ajuga as ground cover in part shade garden. DONE
- Install 6 new shrubs (Pictured at bottom) and 3 new grasses. DONE
- Learned a new mulching/sheet composting method I plan on trialing this winter. Must steal bags and bags of leaves and get a few bales of straw. DONE except for the straw.
- Begin planning 2 more raised beds for raspberries and rhubarb. Wonder if I can sucker husband into making two more beds? He likes raspberries.... Vetoed by He Who Has To Do The Building
- Determine that only crazy people garden like this. DONE
- Lounge in hammock and drink lemonade. DONE
- Wait three years for new garden to mature. Tic, tic, tic!
- Begin making 2011 garden chore list. In progress!
Wow! Except for where I was thwarted by Himself and the gardening center, I nailed it this year! Woo!
I think I've turned over a new leaf. How's by you this fall?