Plans for Columbus Day weekend:
- Take more pics of the barn to add to the slideshow. The trees behind have turned (some have dropped their leaves already!), so there will be some nice kuhluh.
- "Harvest" leaves for mulch, which involves raking them into a tarp and dragging them up into the cow barn where they can dry out before I mow them into shreds. (I read a funny little paragraph in one of my books last night about waiting to mulch until after the ground has frozen.*)
- Begin digging the new garden! I want to do this now so the garden has a chance to settle over the winter.
- Weed the bed down by the road (although, come to think of it, maybe I should just leave it as it is; it's scary-looking so it might be the perfect Halloween decoration, hmmm)
* "No matter where you live one rule is universal: never apply any mulch until after the ground has frozen. A winter mulch is put on to keep the ground cold, to prevent the alternate freezing and thawing which causes frost-heave, tears and exposes plant roots. Also, a premature mulch encourages mice. These little creatures spend the fall looking for a cozy spot for the winter, and to find warm earth under a warm mulch would be the equivalent of your finding a New York apartment with a garden in back and wood-burning fireplaces in every room, and at a rent you could afford to pay. So wait until the ground is well frozen and the mice have found other quarters before applying a winter mulch." (from The Country Garden, by Josephine Nuese, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1970)