Saturday, November 17, 2007


Woke up to a bit of snow on Thursday morning. There was a heavy dusting on the lawn with only the tops of the grass protruding from the white. It was really beautiful, especially sitting on all the rust colored foliage still clinging to some of our trees. Since then, I think most of the foliage has dropped around here. I spent some time on Friday morning raking leaves and cleaning up my hand tools and trowels for the winter. I packed away the hoses too, though they were too frozen to put into the shed! So they are just sitting on the concrete pad outside the shed door.

I still have a bag of bulbs sitting in the garage to plant. There are some alliums, daffodils and a few smaller bulbs to tuck into the front beds. Plus, I've still got a bit of raking to do out front. The maple leaves are collecting on the front steps and making for hazardous conditions for the UPS man.

Some good news: I sent the final manuscript for the next book to the publisher in Friday morning's mail. Good Bug, Bad Bug: Who's Who, What the do, and How to Control them Organically is still on schedule for spring release. The pictures Doug took turned out great and the one's he wasn't able to shoot we were able to get from Mike Masiuk at Penn State and a few from a great website This book involved much more research than the last two and I learned a lot along the if I can just remember it all!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Fall has Fallen

Just harvested the last of the peppers from my frost nipped plants. The only things left in the veggie garden are a few beets and carrots. I'm hoping they make it a few more weeks - it would be nice to enjoy them on Thanksgiving Day.

My husband and I spent part of the weekend hauling topsoil and organic matter by wheelbarrow up the front yard to create the new garden at the top of the stone retaining wall. I also got it planted and mulched too. I did a nice blend of heuchera, Japanese painted ferns, a few shrubs, leopard's bane, Baptisia, yellow foxgloves, and a creeping low honeysuckle that I'm really excited about. I think it will fill in nicely next year and will serve as a good compliment to the new shrub bed across the front of the house. I'm using the extra organic matter to mulch the front perennial bed along the driveway. Doesn't it seem that when the delivery truck drops off the pile it seems so small? Until, of course, you start to shovel it, then you realize how much is actually there!

The leaves are really falling now. We've got a few maples and tulip trees in the back that are dropping like mad. It's hard to keep up, but a few passes with the mulching mower seems to really chop them up nicely.

The next chore is to find homes for the few plants that are still sitting in pots on the patio. I know it's technically too late, but I'm going to give it a shot anyway. Plus, there is still a bag of bulbs sitting in the garage....