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Organizing the Fall Garden

Organizing in the Fall By Frances D'Amato As the days grow shorter, children return to school, and leaves begin to fall we think of spending more time indoors. This is the perfect season to organize our outside space. First of all we think of the garden, leaves get raked and put into the compost heap or bagged and put on the side of the road for city pickup. Bushes get trimmed, bulbs get planted for next Spring and mulch gets put down. Now all we need is a plan. Some of us have gardeners who will schedule these tasks; others need to plan to do it ourselves. Set aside time every Saturday for leaf raking. Since we enjoy the benefit of our deciduous trees all summer, fall is the time to clear them away. If we think green, create a compost heap in the back of the garage of corner of the yard. A simple pen made of four posts and chicken wire wrapped around the posts will do. Just put your raked leaves in the pen add manure for each layer and watch the leaves turn into soil for spring planting. I have a fireplace so when I trim my bushes, I pile up the branches and cut them in 12 inch pieces that I use for kindling to start my winter fires. I usually reserve Tuesday mornings for trimming. I burry my bulbs on or near the Autumn Solstice, I do this in one hour blocks of time. Most of my perennials are still identifiable and the soil is still manageable so I can put the crocus, daffodil, and iris bulbs in the empty spaces. I keep track of the placement in my Gardening Book. The mulching waits till last. In late September, I go to the hardware store and fill my trunk with mulch. Then I pull out one bag at a time and mulch around my trees and bushes, then in my herb garden, and last in my flower spaces. Additional leaves keep falling so I keep up with raking every Saturday till winter comes. Let me know how you handle your garden in the fall.

posted on: 8/19/2009 8:00:00 AM by Frances D'Amato
category: Clutter

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Frances L. D'Amato, M.A. M.Ed. is an Organizational Psychologist as well as a working artist. She founded the Tree Group in 1981 and has been helping Organizations reduce clutter and streamline systems for more efficient management. About ten years ago she expanded her focus to include individuals who work at home and then individuals who need help decluttering their homes. Frances works with the individual to discover the meaning of clutter and develops a process to allow people to let go and live in a more clutter and stress free environment.

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