A Little Something on Fall Clean Up

Inspired by the hard frost we had last weekend, I wrote a little piece on fall clean up for my Indy Garden Sense column in The Southside Times.

Today, I'm going to begin some garden clean up of my own, starting with the garage. I believe the last time I did any cleaning, straightening, sorting, pitching, sweeping, spiderweb removing in there, I found
a garden center's worth of hand pruners.

I wonder what I'll find today. Perhaps more bulbs to plant? A couple dozen hoes? Seeds? Probably.

Wonder how many mowers are out there? Any guesses? I know I have two chipper shredders because I got that new chipper to review this spring. And yes, I still love it.

And of course, like every gardener, I have hundreds of plastic and clay pots everywhere. I missed an opportunity earlier this fall to take them to the Indianapolis Museum of Art's greenhouses for recycling, so I'll have to figure out how to store them better for the next time such an event comes my way.

Wish me luck and good cleaning. It's not exactly gardening, but since my garage is my potting shed, garden-store-it-all in addition to being a garage, I'm bound to find a few things related to gardening. I just hope I don't get distracted by those gardening items and end up in the garden instead!

***Update ***

The garage is now more orderly than it was, though not much got thrown out. I at least have room to bring in various pots and garden decor for the winter, I think. And every hoe is safely hanging from a hook for the winter.

I also found out from Jo Ellen, the Hoosier Gardener that my curbside recycling service here in Indianapolis now takes all #1 through #7 plastics, not just the #1 and #2 plastics like I thought. This made clean up of the plastic nursery containers a breeze! I had enough pots to fill up my ginormous recycling bin and then some.

The "then some" is a bushel basket full of pots of various sizes that I am keeping "just in case" I want to pot something up.

And, yes, I decided to keep the green ones!


  1. It will be interesting to read the report on what you do find!! My money's on you ending up in the garden...

  2. Good luck! I need to do exactly the same thing this weekend. If only the sun would come out, it would help my motivation level a bunch!

  3. Thanks for just the prod I need to stop picking the posts of others and get out into the tool shed and Winterhouse. Don't stop now!

  4. I'd be out in the garden, cutting back perennials, including the peonies, and spreading more cardboard and wood chips. I still have some vegetable beds to turn over. Behind schedule! Bulb planting too.

  5. good for you! you are an inspiration to all of us i'm sure.

  6. It's a feeling of accomplishment to clean up the pottering about areas! I am of the purge or hoard school mindset when it comes to the plastic pots! What that means is shortly after I purge them from the garden...I need a dozen! gail

  7. It's always interesting to me how many plastic pots are around here. Surely I don't buy that many plants? But the good thing is that a couple nurseries near here and the Arboretum accept many of them for reuse. It's an easy way to get rid of the evidence.


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