Why should fall and not spring be the gardener’s favorite time of year? It is time to reap the rewards of all that hard work and get a jump on the improvements that you wish to see next season. Let the harvests of apples, squash, myriad greens and the last of the summer tomatoes fuel a resurgence of work that is well accompanied by the delightful chill in the air and billows of colorful leaves. What might I do if I had a piece of land and a little ambition? Let’s preview a few Land of Plenty projects.
But first, I am no photographer. That is why I am working with my long-time friend and very talented photographer, Stacey Vaeth to document results from 2012. Look for her work to appear later this fall with a full 2012 update on Land of Plenty projects. In the meantime, I hope that the 5mp that my smart phone offers and my shakey point-and-shoot style serve to adequately illustrate a few ideas to consider in the seasonal transition:
1. A New Vegetable Garden
If you want to take full advantage of next year’s growing season you have to start now. Get the structures built and the soil prepped before the snow starts to fall (with a little luck it will happen this year–anyone else have some terrible pest problems this year?).
2. Prepare for an edible landscape
The keys to growing a lush edible landscape: planning, soil preparation, sheet mulching, and the right plants. Fall is the best time to begin the process.
3. Step Stone Pathway
Fall is a great time to plan and construct your hardscape, leaving the spring for planting. Patios, pathways, walls, and rock gardens are all projects to consider.
Expect more details on these projects and more coming soon! In the meantime, please get in touch if you have a project that you would like me to consider.