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Putting the Garden to Bed for the Winter

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Peter and i spent several hours this afternoon cleaning up the garden and yard for the winter. While he was putting away the furniture, solar lights, decorations and cutting the grass for the last time, I took down the hanging baskets, emptied the containers and planted another 50 daffodil bulbs in the corner bed that I enlarged this year.

Since I came in, I've been making notes for next year... which new annuals worked out well and which ones I won't buy again. What I want to put in the hanging baskets next year. The tried-and-true annuals don't have to go on a list because they're the ones I "can't do without".

This is always a bittersweet time. I love my garden, and some of my happiest hours are spent digging, planting, dead-heading and weeding. Yes, I even enjoy weeding,because everything looks so nice when I'm finished.

I need one more day to finish up in the yard. We've had a fairly heavy frost, and I will cut back the hosta because I hate the slimy old leaves in the spring. I will pruning the dogwood and potentilla right back so that they start fresh next spring. From what I've read, both these shrubs do best on new growth. Peter hasn't fertilized the lawn yet; if he doesn't do it tomorrow, I will, because last year it didn't get done, and he's still working on the cars and bikes.

After that, I guess I need to start catching up on some inside jobs. Not fun. Like my mother, I would much rather work outside.

Thanks for reading,
Gail emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 10/31/2013 4:04PM

  Hi Gail........
Like you, I keep good notes about what to and not to plant for the next season. It really helps. I used to think I would remember without writing it all down..........I didn't!!!
I have a bit more to do in our gardens, but it keeps raining and I can't get out there!!!

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NEW-CAZ 10/30/2013 3:43AM

    I love gardening to and am itching to get into my new one! Been here a week ans we're all settled time for some fresh Norfolk air and some exercise!

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KATHRYNLP 10/29/2013 5:31PM

    Still lots to do over here... not my favourite thing to do, either. It means months of Winter ahead...
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NORASPAT 10/29/2013 5:24PM

    Today I was going to transplant daffodils. They need to be thinned they are way too heavy an amount. The phone rang and the eye Dr's office called to say my glasses are ready. I went expecting the worst but HOORAY 20/20 vision readers and so when I got home I saw how bad the windows are so I washed windows and hope to transplant tomorrow.
I like to cut the Hostas right down. I love the leaves but the flowers are not the prettiest. I agree the slimy mess I cannot abide so they were done a while ago.
We do not have a large flower area. My flower bed is a memorial to my Mother. She planted a Colorado blue spruce tree in 1975 and was dead the following year due to a works accident in England. I made a flower bed around the tree and I am trying to grow flowers that can tolerate acid soil. I have to keep feeding them and I have pruned the tree higher so the flowers get more sun . HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/29/2013 5:16PM

    I know how you feel. My Hubby pulled up all of the dead Sunflowers. We had 3 Carrots left, he pulled those up. Our Tomatoes are still doing ok, but probably not for much longer. Luckily here, we have a short winter compared to my friends who live back east or Canada. emoticon

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    Gail, Had my first hard frost last night. Someone said possible snow flurries tomorrow... I hope that was a late April Fool's joke. But it spurred me on to set up the piles of burnables near where the Winter Bonfire will have its fling once there are a few inches of snow on the ground. Tomorrow I need to attack the flower beds and the raspberry canes. Maybe there are a few ripe berries I can salvage as I prune them back for the winter.
I agree with you I would rather work outside than inside.. I don't remember my mother as being a gardener, but she must have been. She was the 'putting by queen'.
I will be thinking of you tomorrow while we are putting our yards to bed for the winter.
Love and Hugs, Audra

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CLAIREINPARIS 10/29/2013 3:59PM

    Oh I loved reading this blog, I feel like I can almost smell the soil and see the garden about to go to sleep for the winter! Thank you.

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PICKIE98 10/29/2013 3:47PM

    We still have not brought our BBQ in the shed for winter.. Snow is on its' way,,

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MENNOLY 10/29/2013 3:41PM

    Me too! However my garden will have to live with a lick and a promise this year since I have so much to do inside. I will regret it in March but so be it. The major changes will just have to wait until next year.

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