Everyone thinks spring is a busy time for mother nature and her gardening friends. I find autumn is a much busier season. There are seeds to harvest, sort and save, debris and dead vegetation to clear, compost piles to turn, vacationing house plants to move indoors, and cold-tolerant vegetables to pick and store. Trees and shrubs planted in the fall establish strong roots, and there are hundreds of tulip bulbs to bury deep in the soil. There are garden hoses to drain, birdbaths to winterize, fallen leaves to rake and firewood to stack.
As I perform all these tasks, I remember what worked well this year. I analyze areas that could use improvement, and ideas for fresh garden features settle into the fertile fields ready for a long winter’s sleep. There will be icy winter evenings in front of a roaring fire, considering what may be.
Potential lies in seeds, bulbs, soil, and our creativity. October is a productive month and fully suited to making changes and creating achievable projects. Wind sweeps aside distractions, revealing bare bones and underlying structures. The crisp air is invigorating, energizing us as we clean away the old and imagine unlimited possibilities.
What new plans do you see?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer