Autumn is Bittersweet and Soothing for the Soul
Autumn is a bittersweet time for gardeners. We have celebrated the magnificent bounty from our gardens, whether that is flowers or vegetables, but now have to say goodnight to our garden as we prepare it for winter. Working in the garden is very healing for the soul and a great stress reducer. Here are top 15 tips to help you clean up your garden and put it to bed for the winter to make it ready for a prosperous following year.
- Do a final good weeding and remove any weeds that are going to seed.
- Continue to harvest vegetables such as carrots, garlic, leeks, parsnips, radishes, turnips and squash.
- Bring in any annual plants you plan to winter over. Keep an eye on those frost warnings.
- Remove any diseased and dead plant material to create healthier plants. After perennials die back after a hard frost, cut dead material away ready for spring growth.
- Remember to tag any necessary plants in case you need to remember what is what.
- Remember to leave some plants for winter interest (think about what plants would look great with snow on them) and leave some for the birds to nestle in on a cold day.
- Continue to water plants is the season is dry.
- Fall is great time to transplant perennials. Think about how to make your garden even better by dividing larger clumps or adding new plants.
- Plant new shrubs and trees. Remember to water them well.
- Gently till the soil to expose any insects that planned to over winter.
- Add a layer of compost, leaves or manure and gently till into the soil or plan on mixing in when the spring season arrives.
- Protect small trees or sensitive plants from drying out by wrapping in burlap or protect them from animals with wire fencing.
- Prune any shrubs (ones that need pruning in fall) or roses properly and mulch when necessary.
- Wash and store any pots and planters you plan to use next season.
- Take care of your tools by cleaning and sharpening them.
Last of all, once all the chores are done, sit back, relax and plan and dream about what your garden will look like next year.
The Woman’s Way
As the fall season approaches in the northern hemisphere, the fruits of the season are harvested and often it was the woman that was involved in that harvest as she was responsible for the planting of the crops. Femininity has always represented fertility, compassion and gentleness. In days of yore it was the female that bore the children, looked after the family and household and nourished the family with plants grown in the garden. The woman’s role has changed over the years, but females are still drawn to looking after others with loving kindness. Females still feel responsible for this role, as it is as much a part of us as our own names. We feel we need to help grow and nurture things in our lives, whether that is our families, a career or volunteer position, and it can take toil on our health and energy.
Today, females need to be aware of ways to accomplish their dreams without sacrificing themselves. Following these following three ideals will help every woman along the way. First, every woman needs to honour herself. This means taking time for herself, whether that is just time alone, doing things for herself and taking the time to remember whom she is. These things need to be scheduled into our busy days, whether it is time to relax, or do something that you really want to do or go out for a fun evening. Part of this is accepting help when needed. Don’t try to do everything by yourself. Second, every woman needs to learn to do things to empower herself. She should feel strong and proud of whom she is. This may mean taking a new course to learn something that will help yourself or others. Continue to expand your mind and boundaries and be open to new experiences. Taking courses really allows one to learn about one’s self. And with this knowledge one is able to understand others on an even deeper level. Lastly, every female needs to keep room in their lives for joy. Love life and love yourself. It is simple to say, but sometimes hard to remember. Always stay positive, smile, laugh and enjoy the little things rather than be waiting for something you believe is unobtainable. And with love in your life, miraculous things will happen.
Even if you feel the responsibility to look after everyone and everything, you must look after yourself first. You may need to work hard, but reward yourself too, not just after the harvest, but before and during those times too. Everyone will be rewarded with your feelings of love.
Wanda Davis, M.Sc., B.Sc., B.Ed.
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