Clean up the Yard and Garden
The yard cleanup has begun. One of my trees and the two neighbors with like trees has dropped all their leaves. However the neighbors with Maple trees have another two to three weeks before they begin their leaf drop. So this is only round one of the yard leaf cleanup. I will have to do another round of cleanup before winter sets in. This picture is the poor man's leaf chipper. It looks a lot like a lawn mower. Doesn't it? Yeah, old Chomper the lawn mower comes through again. His 30 weight oil is a little stiff in the cooler weather but once he gets going, he can crunch leaves with the best of them.
The first round of leaves go straight to the compost pile. I have a limited space for composting so the second round of leaves with have to go to the yard waste and let the city compost it. Next year I should have more space to garden and more space to compost. Here's the picture of the Urban Ranch compost pile. Next spring it will be much smaller. I will peel off the layer that I just added this fall, scoop out last year's layer and use it for the garden, and pile this years layer back on the compost pile. I just don't like the method to always be turning the pile to keep the composting active. My two year method works for me and I'm sticking to it.
I pulled out the rest of the garden as it was definitely spent. There were two grocery bags of green peppers and a few little teeny tiny tomatoes. All the garden debris went into the yard waste bags to be set out for the city to take away. I don't want to take any chances of disease or bug eggs make it to next year's garden. After all that work, I just have to take a break and enjoy the great fall day. The temperatures have fallen into the upper 20s a time or two but the hanging baskets have not been bitten my old Jack Frost. The Impatiens have really put on a display this summer. The side bar Begonias have done a great job as well but they are starting to show a little wear and tear around the edges. It's going to be hard to beat this display next year.
The last harvest except for the potatoes was a big one from the green peppers and not so much from the tomatoes. Now if I can only come up with some thing to do with all these peppers. Any suggestions? Anyone? Anyone?
I have dismantled the automated watering system and drained all the hoses. The hoses are stored in a big barrel and the timers go inside for the winter to keep them from freezing. The tanks and barrels have been all been drained for the winter. I'm kind of sad to see things winding down for this year but I'm already planning bigger and better things for next year.
I hope everyone is enjoying the fall weather.