Well the first cold weather of the season arrives today and we are suppose to have wind chills in the 30’s for the whole week plus a spot or two of snow thrown in for good measure it is probably time to get serious about those Fall chores. Actually I am pretty well caught up just have a bit of work in the vegetable garden taking down the trellises and storing them for the winter , and a dip in the pond to cut back the aquatic plants the pond can wait till the temps rise a bit.
Actually Spring is my most favorite season of the year and this part of Fall is my least favorite, I do not even mind Winter so much it is just the initial blast of cold damp gloomy sky weather that gets me down. I guess the only upside is that when we get a few days of Indian summer a little latter on then this early blast makes you
appreciate those days even more.
There are still a few things in the flower beds as well now that the birds have striped all the seeds out of the flower heads the perennials can be cut back and mulched and the Rose Of Sharon has to be pruned back before it eats the house. Actually these are the kinds of chores I enjoy doing the little odds and ends things that are like the icing on the cake it just makes everything look neat and orderly.
I was at the hardware store on Saturday and I bought some linseed oil so I will probably work in the garden shed this week cleaning the hand tools and oiling down the wooden handles on the rakes, shovels, and hoes. I know there is such a thing as fiberglass handles now a days but I am old school and prefer the feel of wood. The linseed oil will rejuvenate the wood and add a couple of more seasons of use. All the blades will be cleaned, sharpened, and a light coating of machine oil to protect the blades from rust. Maintaining your tools is not that hard but will insure that they are ready to go when you need them and will save you money by not needing to replace them.
While I am thinking about it those of you that are lucky enough to have a garden shed will understand this. A garden shed is a magical place and is much more than a place to store garden equipment and supplies. When we first moved here the wife thought that the building at the end of the driveway at the back of the property was a one car garage and we had a wee bit of an argument. I finally prevailed ( one of the few times that ever happened) when I took her out and showed her the window on the south side of the building that looked out at the future vegetable garden. I explained to her that garages don’t have windows because they would be too easy to break into and obliviously they do not have 20 foot long potting benches with drawers and storage underneath. Finally I prevailed ! Oh and I am sure it had nothing to do with my promise to replace the 6′ x 10′ slab of concrete outside the back door with a 22′ x 15′ paver patio and the seat wall.
Anyways back to the magic part. While it is true that is a good place for garden tools, equipment, and supplies, it is also a perfect place to re pot your plants. There are also a few other things the garden shed is good for as well:
- You can gather and store materials for future projects you haven’t even thought up yet.
- The perfect spot to hang that 1954 John Deere Calendar you have been toting around with you for a half century.
- Just the right spot to put the Beer Fridge!
- A quiet place to work on your “Deep Thoughts” diary.
- A great place to listen to the ball game on the radio on a summer afternoon.
- Best of all you don’t have to take off your shoes to go inside.
See I told you a garden shed was magical.