It’s Halloween week, can you believe it? I am amazed that at the end of this week, we will have two months left in 2020. In some ways, I am very ready for this year to be over. In others, I have found out so much about myself, about my goals in life, about listening to the quiet and learning from the earth. These are things I would never have expected from such a turbulent time, and for that, I am grateful. As we move deeper into fall and prepare for winter, there’s still so much to do in the garden. Here are three goals I plan on working on this week.
1. Pulling out the last of the dying plants and harvest the seeds from what’s been left to dry. – I am a procrastinator on my best days; if something can hold until tomorrow, I’ll push it out another day. But at this point, it’s time to start getting serious about those bean plants that have been dying for the last few weeks; pull the seeds and put leaf mulch on the top of the bed for winter. Same for the cucumbers and herbs.
2. Get the drip system started in the main garden – this summer, we have hand-watered the garden all season long, and if we’re being honest, we’re not the best at it. Plus, it takes a really long time; during the hot spells, it was two hours every other day, just to keep the plants alive and thriving. As we move into the colder months, I think I’ve done enough research and planning to put a drip system in and set it up for next season. That way, we can actually enjoy the summer harvest instead of me resenting the time it takes to water.
3. Get a walkway roughed out to the main garden, – One of our big goals for next year is to put a patio in at the front of our garden to sit out and enjoy the space. Since that’s not going to happen over the rainy months (hopefully we have lots of rain). We need to put a path from the front door to the garden to keep us from becoming a muddy mess. I thought I would grab some 12×12 pavers and set them up in 2×2 squares at a manageable distance just to get us through.
Make sure to check out our stories on Instagram @sarahlhalloran to see our progress over the week. Do you have any garden goals this week?