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Another beautiful day to clean up the garden

Category: Indian summer | Posted: Fri Nov 06, 2009 12:49 pm

We have been blessed with an extended Indian Summer in East TN. We have been under a threat of frost for two weeks but have not had a killing frost. Yesterday I added 7 more trash bags to the 30 plus I have allready put out for the trash company. I wish I could compost but the covenents of our community do not allow it.

garden clean up ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )

Today is forecast to be another beautiful day and I will be planing two flats of pansies and preparing the garden for winter. I left a few plants hoping I might have a few more Monarchs passing through. :-)

Tomorrow I am flying to NJ to visit family for a few days so will check back in next week. Hope you all have a good weekend.

last of the blooms ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )

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eileen wrote on Fri Nov 06, 2009 1:32 pm:

You've certainly been busy haven't you? What a shame you can't compost all that stuff though as it would turn into 'black gold' and do wonders for your garden.
Have a lovely break in NJ and we'll look forward to hearing all about it on your return.


Sjoerd wrote on Fri Nov 06, 2009 2:18 pm:


Well perhaps you can't compost in your community, but what's to prevent you from keeping some bags of leaves in in your garage (out of sight)?
You could bag them, seal them as air tightly as possible and wait til next summer or spring.
If you mulched them with your mower before bagging them for the winter, they'd do even better.
I am doing exactly this, this year, as there is a lady I know who rakes her leaves, puts them in plastic bags and I come along and pick them up and take them to the lottie.
By spring or summer I should have some leaf mould...or the beginnings at least. I mix this leaf mould with compost for the gardens.
It's good stuff and is a form of compost.


gfreiherr wrote on Fri Nov 06, 2009 2:41 pm:

Thank you, that is an excellent suggestion. We have a small golf cart room where I store my pots & gardening equipment...I can store some there!


glendann wrote on Fri Nov 06, 2009 7:06 pm:

Great idea Sjoerd .You are a blessing in disguise.


Sjoerd wrote on Sat Nov 07, 2009 12:34 am:

Hee hee hee.... Ah Glenda... That's because I am travelling incognito. ;-)


Sjoerd wrote on Sat Nov 07, 2009 12:37 am:

Good idea, gfreiherr. I picked-up my last bag of oak leaves for a while today so that gives me four big bags full.
I am weighing getting more later when the next windstorm blows down the rest of them.
I have the awful greedy streak that sometimes rears it's ugly head. :-(

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