We are surrounded on all sides by woodlands, and the leaves lay thick on the lawns besides gathering in the corners of landscape beds. Since we mulch most of them into the lawn, or shred them in the general direction of the east woods the lawn mower stays busy until we decide there will be no more nice days in which to scrape and wash it to store for the winter. In the spring we will have to blow one more time and then hand pick the crevices. I've chopped, bagged and set aside a couple of large bags to use as mulch on the raised beds next spring.
|In years past I have mulched heavily with chopped leaves|
|I try to time things so I pull them the weekend before they are damaged by frost.|
The impatiens in the front landscape came out while they were still beautiful,
but a few days later they would have looked like this
I've collected seeds from the nasturtiums, milkweed and Indian blanket flowers.
I've dug and stored the dahlias and geraniums. I still have to mulch some more tender perennials to blanket them from the cold, plant some daffodils, and spread the milkyspore.
|Geraniums can be stored bare-root in a cool, dark place.|
|The two largest cauliflower heads|
|The Dirt Locker is almost full.|
That's a lot of used soil that could have been wasted
|The yard waste compost pile has been turned once and is beginning to break down.|
The leaves may have all been tidy and mulched yesterday, but there are plenty more today