A Perfect Fall DayWhere has the year gone? It seems like we were just in Boston sitting in Fenway Park drinking bottled water due to a water main break. That was early May. It's hard to imagine that we're already one full week into November. Before we know it, the holiday season will be here again.
Since we've been back from London, the temperatures have dropped. Not quite enough to feel like winter, but enough to remind us that summer is long gone. Regardless of the weather, Susan and I decided it was time to rip out the garden and clean up the yard. Fortunately, the temperatures reached the lower 60s today. Perfect weather to throw on a sweatshirt and get work done. Not too hot. Not too cold.
When we stepped out to the garden, we were able to sneak out a few extra tomatoes and peppers. Some managed to survive the cooler evening temperatures. This was the first year we attempted brussels sprouts, so we're not quite certain of the results yet. They seemed a touch smaller than the sprouts we receive in our CSA box from Angelic Organics.
This year, we had a variety of tomatoes, basil, onions, peppers, cucumbers, chives and brussels sprouts. We also attempted peas for the first time. Total failure. Perhaps we waited too long with those. Overall, our garden was a success. Our spring and summer temperatures were significantly warmer than in 2009. Significantly warmer is probably inaccurate. It was hot. Hot and buggy this summer. Last year, our temperatures never reached anything I would consider warm. It was great for biking on the Illinois Prairie Path, but not gardening.
Anyway, today was time to break down the garden. Last year, we started raking our leaves and using them to cover the garden during the fall and winter. We read online that this was a perfect way to protect the garden, as well as, remaining environmentally-friendly. This year we did the same. We also decided to cover the flower beds along the side of our garage to see if we get equally good results next spring. Some of the remaining leaves hit our compost bin. We still have some leaves on the trees in the front, and not too many on our neighbors' trees in the back. Some people don't like mowing the leaves, but I do. Since we own an electric mower, I feel like it's the green thing to do. No gas or dirty emissions. This year, I am going to take some of the last leaves of the season, mow them, then spread them around the lawn. I heard that will help give the lawn nutrients for next year.
I tried to keep myself outside as long as could today. Yes, I did jump on Humzoo and Facebook a few times during the day. I'll admit that I watched the first half of the Bears game on TV and popped in and out during the second half. I knew that daylight would disappear sooner today, so my goal was to be out and about as much as possible.