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autumn to-do

Honestly, this post is for me.  But you’re welcome to bear witness my neurosis. 🙂

I’m a list maker. It’s the only way that I can keep myself organized between the four musical projects, graphic design freelance work, and flower farming, not to mention just regular life stuff like not running out of toilet paper or having something to eat for dinner tonight (note to self: solve this one).

It’s autumn and autumn happens fast in Maine, as I’m learning.  Thanks to a wonderful neighbor (did I tell you that we are surrounded by wonderful neighbors?) there is a Weather Underground station in the backyard.  Technically his backyard, but it’s possibly 10 feet from where the bachelor buttons are growing right now, so I think it counts.  So it means that at any point during the day I can fire up my mobile device and see the weather in my back yard without having to go outside if I’m working on something or in my bed like I was last night obsessively checking the weather.  We avoided a frost by the skin of our teeth.  But I have two weeks to get everything sorted out that I can before we head off on tour to the south again when I can absolutely guarantee you that there will be a frost.  The timing of all of this is going to be kind of crucial.  So I’m going to make my autumn to-do list here.  And then we’ll update it as it goes along.

✓ order bulbs
• line out new flower bed on Frank’s side with tall stakes and line. Wood edges ASAP.
• cardboard mulch the grass in new flower bed
• leaf mulch over cardboard
• move 2 frames to lower bed
• build 4 more frames for lower bed
• mulch between frames with woodchips
• cardboard mulch/leaf mulch the frames
• sink concrete blocks
✓ cardboard mulch/compost grass in hot bed
•  low hoop 1 row at top of hot bed for ranunculus and anemone

• cover portion of cold bed for early sweet peas
• soil for bulb beds (before Japan tour)
• clear vegetables and compost for bulbs (before Japan tour)
• plant bulbs in vegetable beds (after Japan tour) – wire mesh for critters
• plant garlic (after Japan tour)
• dig and store dahlia tubers (after NC tour)

Before we started this little endeavor I had planted a dogwood tree (my favorite) right in the middle of what would become my most prolific flower bed.  Because of the amazing compost I piled onto that ground this spring the danged thing grew from a small little stick to as tall as me in half a year.  So I have to figure out how to move that without killing it.  I’ll take any ideas you have at this point.  It definitely can’t stay there.

One Comment

  • Nancy

    Dig deep and large circumference around the tree. Remove as gently as possible from one spot to another (of course, have the other spot prepared). You may break a few roots, so it might take longer to recover than you imagine. I moved a dogwood and it did take awhile to begin to grow again. Keep as much soil from original site as possible. Check to see best time of year to do the move, early spring may be a better time?

    You forgot to add to that second paragraph, taking time to share your excellent writing skills. It is always fun to read your posts! Thanks

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