Fall is here, the storm has passed for a few days. The sun actually made it past the clouds, to shine upon the garden again. The leaves are everywhere, now comes the task of raking, mulching and adding to the composting bin. Just keep repeating, “great organic matter”….great organic matter. There are actually a few things these leaves can be used for, you can mow using a mulching blade to add organic matter to your lawn. Another way to use leaves is to gather dry leaves, place into a seasonal decorative sack. This is something to do only for a short while, then empty into the compost bin.. This is something we’ve done with our boys when they were young. Finally, another use for those leaves is to add a few into your perennial garden beds. Less is more, if to many are added, the leaves can actually prevent water from getting through. Which can create whole new problems.
The trees that surround our home are so beautiful, I had the need to share a couple. Fall, is truly a colorful time. The leaves always please with their brilliant colors. Don’t forget to bring some of these colors indoors to enhance your home. A few branches can be placed in a vase.
Now, would be the time to plant some of the new varieties of pansies for that added color. If planted now, you are allowing the roots to become established, which will allow the pansies to bloom in spring. With perennials, I leave a few dead heads for the birds. At some point these will be cut back and mulched.
Bulbs, now is the time to begin to plant bulbs for that first flush of beautiful color, after a long winter. Bulbs can be planted for the different times of spring. Early spring crocus, tulips. There are so many flowering bulbs available today, hyacinths with their wonderful fragrance, daffodils just to name a few. Paperwhite bulbs can be forced to bloom indoors before spring as well as being planted in the garden. These bulbs can be planted in containers for spring. Within the next few days, I will show how to plant your bulb container for Spring.
Now is a busy time in and outside the garden, just remember a clean garden will actually make your garden easier to enjoy! Until later, El