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Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Deer Organic Gardener Ferns Herbs Dragonflies
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Bonehead
Sep 14, 2017 9:21 PM CST
My garden has turned the corner into fall. I'm settling back to think about what worked and what didn't and have come to the realization I sorely need a 'yard worker' of some sort for next season. I'm really just not interested in heavy digging and would love to have someone pick up after my weedings, do the weedwacking, pressure washing, etc. We shall see. Meanwhile, I'm busy (kind of) cutting spent plants back to the ground and getting ready to add a winter mulch of chopped leaves. Perhaps plant more bulbs, every spring I wish I had more. I love the colors of fall - so many golds, red, oranges, and yellows that all mesh well together. Couple of fall photos from years prior:
Thumb of 2017-09-15/Bonehead/d7b70f Thumb of 2017-09-15/Bonehead/931012 Thumb of 2017-09-15/Bonehead/79c2a6

I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
Houseplants Region: Pacific Northwest Sedums Orchids Tropicals Region: Mexico
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lauriebasler
Sep 17, 2017 12:45 AM CST
I am so feeling the same Deb. I can keep up as long as life goes along smoothly, and every one stays healthy. I worked so hard in the gardens this year, and they really looked nice. Brother up in Ballard has been battling Cancer for years. Late summer he began to loose the fight. Being gone to be with him a few times a week, working; and the experience itself; I never even thought about the yard againm, until we drove home this afternoon, and I got a glimps from the car. All that hard work is barely visible. Life often predicts how lovely my garden can be. It would be just heaven to give a great gardener a fee, and finish things up for winter.
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Deer Organic Gardener Ferns Herbs Dragonflies
Spiders! Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Birds Fruit Growers Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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Bonehead
Sep 17, 2017 6:20 PM CST
Laurie, sorry to hear about your brother, and wishing him peace in his struggles. Here's my read on neglected gardens - whatever you CAN get done is positive and will reward you, sometimes unexpectedly (e.g., a full flush of bloom sprouting through the weeds). Rather than being overwhelmed by what you can't or haven't accomplished, celebrate the tenacity of plants that succeed despite all odds. Godspeed to you and your family.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Deer Organic Gardener Ferns Herbs Dragonflies
Spiders! Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Birds Fruit Growers Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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Bonehead
Sep 23, 2017 10:37 AM CST
I always get hit with the fall cleaning bug rather than spring. Yesterday I cleaned out the 'funk room' aka garden corner in our barn. Shop-vac'd it all, found the floor again, gave away a ton of excess empty pots to a fellow gardener, and put a bunch of random stuff at the end of the driveway for free. Tossed the supplements (bone meal, kelp, fertilizers, etc.) into a spreader and treated the lawn to a end-of-season cocktail -- all the cardboard containers were growing hair and full of holes and bugs. Clean sweep. Felt great!
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
Houseplants Region: Pacific Northwest Sedums Orchids Tropicals Region: Mexico
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lauriebasler
Sep 23, 2017 10:52 AM CST
Nice way to start fall.
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Deer Organic Gardener Ferns Herbs Dragonflies
Spiders! Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Birds Fruit Growers Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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Bonehead
Oct 3, 2017 12:23 PM CST
Reminder: go through all the notes you may have taken during the growing season of things to divide, move, or whatever. I just read through mine and am pumped to get out there and do some changes I will enjoy come spring.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
Houseplants Region: Pacific Northwest Sedums Orchids Tropicals Region: Mexico
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lauriebasler
Oct 6, 2017 10:12 PM CST
I cannot tell you how much this does for me when my life gets beyond busy. I would have let this get right away from me. Thanks Deb. Have fun. Can't wait to see your changes.

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