It's really rather simple.
Leave the garden in the fall how you want to find it in the spring.
That's it. Just do that and all will be good by spring.
In my little gardening world, doing that one "to do" item involves a little weeding, raking, mowing, planting, compost harvesting, putting away, mulching, protecting, edging, cutting back, pulling out, and of course, leaf gazing.
Yes, it's that simple. Leave the garden in the fall how you want to find it in the spring.
No rush though, at least for me. Right now the leaves are still green and the days are decently warm but not hot. I looked at the ten day forecast and didn't see any temperatures that looked even close to frosty. We get our first frost on average around October 10th.
Plenty of time. Yes, indeed. It sounds like I've got plenty of time to
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