Friday, September 30, 2011

End of the Year - so much to do!

So, it's that time of year.  Most of the garden has been harvested, though there are still a few things out.  The broccoli I didn't plant has produced a head about the size of a baseball.  The brussel sprouts almost looked like they were going to do something - maybe I didn't thin them enough to really do it, though.  Next year I'm going to start them way earlier in the window - maybe in April - to give them a fighting chance. 

The herbs are still waiting for me to pull them in bunches - I've been a bit busy having started classes again.  Working full time, taking two classes, and trying to work in the garden/yard work is tough, but I'm managing.

The fall chore list:

1.  The final mowing of the yard - need the clippings to insulate the vegetable garden.
2.  Clean out the beds of dead or dying plants - pull the old, make room for the new
3.  Trellis the Raspberries - they're going to need it.
4.  Bunch of new bulbs to plant - both front and back yards
5.  Use grass clippings to cover the strawberries too, trim back the old dead stuff, weed their bed - take leather gloves, something with spines grew in there and hubby never took care of it.
6.  Clean up the dog run
7.  Plant the last of the things that aren't in the ground yet - a little bishops weed for the front garden.
8.  Stir the compost heap, and add more of the powered bacteria stuff to it
9.  Put all the plastic pots and garden art up in the utility shed
10. Put up the hoses and tools (hoses go in the utility shed, tools go to thier respective homes
11. Clean and put up the mower, put note on it to sharpen blade next year
12. Empty and put up hanging baskets and goose planter

I think that covers this year's list - strange, I thought there was more to it. 

13.  Clean up leaves off of driveway, add to compost pile

Anything else?


I think that's it.  Oh, wait -

14.  Find new home for the pond liner, plan out pond this winter - start watching craigslist for pump supplies

Okay, now that's gotta be -

15.  Trim back roses

16.  Add ash to roses / blueberries / currants

Okay, now I think that's it.  At least, that's what I've got for now.  I'm sure I'll get outside and think of fifteen more things. :)

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