We’ve had a long summer. Truth be told, I was still collecting cherry tomatoes at the end of September. But the time has come—before it gets too cold to linger outside—for me to put the garden to bed.
Here’s what I’m going to do:
I’ve also got my eye on some 8-foot tall sunflowers in a churchyard in Logan Circle. I’m going to abscond with a handful of seeds from those bad boys (will not damage the plants in the process; I know what I’m doing, all right?) and get them going in the backyard next spring. Share the love, all God’s people! Right?
Gather herbs to dry
We’ve got lemon balm, Italian basil, lemon thyme, oregano. The rosemary grows throughout the year.
I should have gathered lavender in the spring–wait, I did…what did I do with it? Sachets or something. Should have saved some for eating, for making herbes de Provence. Alas!
Cut down dried stalks
The yellow finches love the dried echinacea seeds; so I’ll leave plenty of those.
And I left the pea stalks all summer, because I understand the used vines feed nitrogen back into the soil. Must stake out a place to grown peas next spring, since they’re not supposed to grow in the same place.
Some plants grow better if they’re divided. I guess it keeps their roots from getting crowded.
So I’m going to be moving some echinacea from the front to the back yard, where life is still very grass-centric. And I’ll be sprinkling more cosmos seeds back there, in front of the parking pads.
I’m sure there’s more but that’s it for now.