Getting Ready for Autumn on the Farm

September 6, 2018

getting ready for autumn

We’ve had a great summer, but the time flies quickly.  The girls are back to school, the garden is being harvested and preserved, and the weather has turned downright chilly in the morning.

It’s time to start thinking about getting ready for autumn.

It’s so easy to have a stunning garden during the summer while the sun is shining and the weather’s warm. But as soon as the autumn approaches, I just seem to lose my oomph.  Things get out of hand.  Those once-vibrant green leaves on the trees turn an array of yellows, oranges, and reds, and end up all over, leaving me wondering what the best leaf blowers are.  It’s easy to forget just how much can change within the environment and how tired we can get at the end of the growing season, but it’s our job to try and stay on top of everything so we don’t end up losing the beautiful garden that we’ve worked so hard for over the last year.

getting ready for autumn

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We have failed utterly in years past to properly put this garden to bed, but this year I’m determined it’s going to be different!  For one thing, we are living here now.  No more 45 minute drives back and forth.  For another thing, I have a plan!  I have heaps of cardboard to layer over the planting beds, and manure and mulch to put on top of that.  It’s going to be great!  At least, I hope so.  I have a whole lot of other chores to do, too.  It’s time to get busy!

Here are three things you and I can do now to start getting ready for autumn:

Tackle the weeds

No matter what the season may be, it’s always a good time to get rid of pesky weeds.  Fall is your last best chance to do it.

It’s so important that you regularly remove them from your garden otherwise within the blink of an eye they will multiply and end up taking over everything!  They not only make your garden look messy, but they can also smother the plants you want to grow. I know a lot of farmers and gardeners end up resorting to using weed killers, but the best and most sustainable way to really get them is the good old-fashioned way – by hand. Make sure you pull them up by the root so that they will have a harder time coming back.  

Are you wondering what to do with them after you pick them?  If you have a compost pile that gets hot enough, you can go ahead and throw them on there.  The heat should kill the weed seeds.  My favorite way to get rid of weeds though is to feed them to my chickens and ducks.  They love them!

getting ready for autumn

Bring your herbs inside

If you have any herbs that are outside in pots or directly in the ground, it’s a good idea to move them indoors before the temperature drops and it becomes too cold for them.  Most potted herbs are very sensitive to frost.  As long as they are in a warmer area with access to sunlight, they should continue growing through the winter. Just remember to give them some water so they don’t get too thirsty. The kitchen windowsill is usually the perfect spot, and also gives you the best access to pick off what you need when cooking and preparing food.

Clean empty pots

More often than not, by this time of year you will have empty pots and planters lying around in your garden.  Walk around and collect them, empty any leftover dirt, then give them a little clean with a solution of bleach water.  This will help you avoid harboring any diseases, and the pots will be less likely to crack in the changing temperatures.  You can then keep them stored in your shed, garage or greenhouse until next year.

In short, we can deny it all we want, but fall is coming.  Heck, it might already be here.  So what are you waiting for?  Go outside, have a look at what needs doing and start getting ready for autumn before it’s too late!

 

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4 Comments

  • The EcoFeminist

    September 7, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    The best leaf blower is a rake!! 😁

    1. lacey

      September 7, 2018 at 5:10 pm

      Haha, true for most! We need some kind of a tractor/blower/sucker/bagger thing here though, and a mulcher. We’ve got 35 acres of leaves 😝

  • Margo

    September 11, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    I’m going to attempt the cardboard and mulch as well! The grass just always seems to creep back into the garden, so I’m hoping it will be a big help!

  • Little Redhead Homestead

    September 13, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    I can never keep my herbs (or anything else!!) alive in the house. I can grow anything outside, but nothing lives inside. The fact that I have kept four succulents alive for a few weeks is a miracle. I would love to bring in all my lovely herbs and smell them in the winter time!!

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