Autumn has arrived and I must say that it’s a bit difficult saying goodbye to summer.
With the temperatures getting cooler and the days growing shorter, so much is changing around my farm. Gardening time might feel curtailed by the shorter sunlight hours, but the days are often glorious, with the autumn color a counterpoint to the light tipping away. It’s now time to ready the farm for the winter ahead and there are plenty of garden tasks to keep everyone busy in October.
I have always been a firm believer that a well-planned landscape is one that looks great at all times of the year and that requires planning ahead. In addition to all the clearing and cleaning up of the herbaceous perennial beds and vegetable gardens, it’s also time to plant. Trees and shrubs will do best if planted in the fall, as this gives them some time to establish their roots before the ground freezes. It’s also the time to plant all the spring-flowering bulbs, something I never miss doing in the fall.