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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Autumn Garden Clean Up

Autumn has arrived at Garden on Sherlock Street.  While we only got a light frost last week, many of the plants are tucking in for a winter nap.

The locust tree is dropping leaves everyday.


Saturday, I took down the teepee trellises and cut down the sunflowers.  I wanted to get a photo of the tallest sunflower by itself first.  My wonderful husband helped me measure it after we cut it down.  It grew to eleven feet four inches!


Here is the area where the sunflowers and teepee trellises were.  See the teepee trellises leaning against the fence for winter?


This is the view from the alley.  I removed all the plants from the raised vegetable beds.  I set the cold frames in the beds so they're ready for next spring.  I also planted my garlic Saturday and drained the rain barrels.


When I took down the teepee trellises, I harvest the gourds.  This is the gourd harvest.  The gourds just couldn't produce in the heat this year.  These will be decorations on Thanksgiving.




Saturday was a great day to clean up the garden.

16 comments:

  1. You were very busy! Love the gourds. I worked too hard over the weekend in the gardens too, can feel it now!

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  2. Looks all tidy and ready to go for spring!

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  3. I had a great day in the yard yesterday too!! Before it got so windy. I planted all 219 bulbs I ordered from Brecks. .and even got your garlic planted in Grant's strawberry bed (where all the strawberry plants demised in the drought!) Now I can hardly wait for spring :-) It is good to get the work done. .now you can be ready for the blizzards to hit!!

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  4. You did what I need to do yet! (A bad back/shoulder pain is my excuse.)

    I need to look up garlic. I had wanted to plant some but assumed spring was the time. Clearly I have a lot to learn I have done very little actual vegetable gardening.

    The gourds that DID mature are very nice. They'll make beautiful thanksgiving/fall decorations.

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  5. You were very busy! Looks great!

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  6. Well you've been a busy girl. Haven't you? Coming from the land of sunflowers, I know I haven't seen one that tops over 11'. Nice job on that achi4evement. I assume it's the variety'Mammoth'?

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  7. You have been a very busy girl! And I wish I could grow gourds like that.

    XO,

    Sheila

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  8. ~Patrick's Garden
    It's a wild native sunflower. I have to pull out hundreds of sprouts each year or they'll take over!

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  9. You are way ahead of me. I'm still trying to get the tomatoes out of the garden and I am so behind. Looking good there in Kansas.

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  10. I wish I could get organised to start the tidy-up. I know if I leave it until winter sets in it won't get done, but I have another project nearing fruition that I MUST finish.

    Damn the constrictions of time!

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  11. It feels good when we are able to take advantage of nice days and get lots done in the garden. I still have lots to do, but I did get my garlic planted a couple weeks ago.

    You have nice looking gourds.

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  12. It's so nice to get all the garden work done in the fall. Mine's done also.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  13. Yes, we all need to get busy like you . Still pretty lush here, no freeze yet.

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  14. It looks like you got a lot of work done and fall really is settling in there. I have lots left to do but we be on it this weekend. Sunflowers are amazing plants. I like growing the large ones that tip down with seed but I hate to get rid of the stalk afterward.

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  15. I love these cooler days that beckon us into the garden~We can accomplish more in a day then weeks worth of work on those hot/humid summer days. I ripped out a lot of forsythia and planted native shrubs and grasses. gail

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  16. Wow, that sunflower sounds fabulous. What a great height it attained. Those gourds will look lovely in your Thanksgiving decorations.

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