A Season of Changes

Fall comes again, a time of changing weather and changing lives. This season, more than most for me.

This fall, as well as transitioning the yard, I’m also transitioning from being an Army Soldier to being a retired Veteran. As with all transitions, this one comes with its pros and its cons. On the pro side, I hope to have more time for Gnomespun again!

And as with all transitions, life continues alongside no matter what! It’s fall, which means it’s time for shutting down the gardens and yard before the 20F night!

First, pick all the pablano chiles I’ve been waiting to turn red! And all the hot peppers that haven’t started turning red either. A few bell peppers from the late bushes, and the last Trombuncino summer squash.

Then, because it’s getting quite cold and I have a raised bed, the root vegetables also have to get pulled! Red and golden beets, two varieties of carrots, tops all cut off.

Then they all have to be washed! Better to wash outside with the hose so the dirt doesn’t end up in the garbage disposal.

The “Danvers Half Long” carrots did a lot better than the “Yaya” (the short stubby ones). Will replace the Yayas with something else next year. Both beets seem to have done well, though I’ll probably plant more goldens next year. Mmm yum.

Once that was done, it was time to shut down the hoses by blowing out all the water in the hoses and line with the air compressor. This will keep the hoses and line from freezing and cracking.

Kapow! And with all that done, time to cut back the roses.

This year they got cut back a little more than usual because last winter was so mild it never happened, so it took more to get all the branches clear of each other. They should come back quite thoroughly next year though!

And now we’re ready for the winter!

That’s all for now!
~The Gnome


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