Or at least in my attitude toward the garden.
In the spring I can't wait to get outside and any day that is reasonably nice weather I find some excuse to be outdoors. I count down the days until it is safe to plant the garden and long for fresh picked vegetables.
In the fall, no longer does it seem urgent to enjoy the sunshine. I don't make the most of my garden opportunity; I'm even guilty of letting some of those wonderful veggies go to waste.
I just don't care.
But I have found that if I ignore the garden in the fall, I pay the price in the spring. It is no fun to find garden hoses and tomato cages still in the garden in March.
I was glad that the week before we had cleaned up most of the garden, pulling out the tomato cages and harvesting the last peppers and eggplant. I had also planted garlic.
Last week the children helped me several afternoons and we cut down all the old perennial plants such as asparagus, red raspberries, and the perennial flower beds.
It felt like a big job, at least for my pregnant body, and I couldn't have done it without the children's help. But now I can say that my outdoor work is completely finished. I have a few cabbage heads in the garden, but now I'm spending my time indoors, enjoying nesting.
As Ed mows the grass this fall (which hasn't been growing fast with the cooler weather and lack of rain) he chops up the fallen leaves and spreads this mixture of leaves and grass on all the perennial beds.
In some of the beds, such as this very weedy asparagus patch, we put down cardboard beside (not over) the asparagus crowns.
This mulch will be a huge time saver next spring and hopefully curtail some of our weed problems.
I have a few greens (lettuce, spinach, and kale) growing in the cold frame by the basement. I wish this was stuffed full, but the dry fall and my late planting means the growth is rather sparse. Still, we'll enjoy a few fresh salads.
Here is my late fall garden goal list.
1. Plant garlic. (October)
2. Trim off perennial plants.
3. Mulch perennial beds with chopped leaves.
4. Drain garden hoses, pull out tomato cages, clean up tools, and tidy the garden shed for the winter.
5. Write down notes from this year's garden to aid in garden planning next year.
6. Mulch strawberries with straw. (December)
Is anything still growing in your garden?