Autumn is my favourite time of the year. To me autumn is a reminder that nothing ever stays the same. It is a break from the hot summer months.
Flowers start to fade and leaves start changing colour.
Autumn is a time to start packing and preparing to hibernate for winter and there are so many little things that have to be done before winter arrives.
Collect fallen leaves and add them to your garden beds and into your compost. Leaves are a great source of high-carbon material for your compost and would break down easily. Mix it in with your food scraps and grass clippings. Leave it during the winter and the earth worms will do the rest and you will have compost ready for Spring.
Daffodils do well in pots or in the ground, in well drained soil and full sun. Plant them shoot side up (pointy side up) and root side down at a depth equal to twice their width. So, the larger the bulb, the deeper it is planted.
Ranunculus put on a great display in spring. They make great long lasting cut flowers. They can be grown in pots and prefer well drained soil. Soak the claws overnight and plant 2 inches deep, 3 inches apart. Plant them with their claws facing down and their smooth surfaces up. Leave the pot outside in full sun. Water lightly.
Baking – I know this is not a gardening task. Baking is something I always start doing in autumn. I love the way the house smells giving it that extra warm cozy feeling around the kitchen. (Carrot & Coconut Cake Recipe to follow soon)
I love the colours of autumn. “In Heaven it is Always Autumn”~ John Donne
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