Monday, October 26, 2015

Life in Late October

We enjoyed a nice sunny, dry late October day, and got all the leaf mulching done, even though it was a little cool.  It's the 'brown' month of the year, at least until snow arrives and changes it to white.  Just a few leaves left on some trees.

The clouds were rolling over all day, but the sun was out a lot.

The cluster of Oak trees on the neighbours lawn are the last bright trees still holding on to their leaves here.

I focused my day on getting the leaves mulched and spread on the garden beds.  I use a small lawnmower with a bag attachment to mow the trails we have along the fencerow, which tend to collect the leaves.  Then I dump the bag into the trailer until I have a load to take to the garden.

This is the garlic bed, already planted for next year, now mostly mulched.  I mulch leaves more to put on the garden than to take off the lawn, but on our shaded trails they do kill off the grass if I leave them.  By the end of the day, I had all four garden beds thickly mulched.

Elsewhere the farmers have been busy too.  The last crop of the season, the corn, is now mostly off the fields, and on many fields farmers have been busy spreading manure.

Squirrels have been busy too, stashing apples where they can retrieve them later.

The small clump of Tamarack I planted on the side of the meadow are now turning golden yellow.  I planted that patch deliberately, just for these few days of late fall colour.

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Good day for working, but just a little tired tonight!  And off to one of those dreaded medical appointments in the morning, while leaving one car to get the snow tires installed.  It's that time of year; we try to be ready for snow on the roads by Nov. 1st.

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23 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos ! We do the same thing with some of our leaves to some trees here are bare and some aren't yet ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  2. Soon the white stuff will be falling again.

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  3. Last year we moved to a vineyards and apple farms area. Since "winter" comes very later, I haven't seen them mulching yet ...
    You make it look very interesting with your pics:)

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  4. Fantastic shots in the first two, love the clouds and the color of those leaves. I know we should leave the leaves on the garden beds here but we don't. Every fall we fill about 50 bags of leaves. It is picked up weekly by the waste management.

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  5. These are wonderful autumn photos!

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  6. Love that photo of the leaves against the blue sky!

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  7. Terrific autumn images! Most of our leaves have fallen, and we just finished mulching the veggie gardens on the weekend.

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  8. lovely leaf mulch, and good wishes for the appt. Like the car with a tyre change for winter, let your medical appt. go as smoothly as the garage men do their work.

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  9. you have been busy! good work, am envious you are going through Autumn, it's my favourite season.

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  10. Your pictures are especially wonderful today, filled with color and seasonal feelings. Love them all. :-)

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  11. Beautiful shots. A lot of work, but it must be done!

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  12. Beautiful photos. I LOVE the second one. Great idea to use the leaves that way. I'm going to do that on my gardens.

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  13. Such a nice fall routine. We also dump our leaves in the mulch pile and let them break down over the winter before we put them on the garden beds. Brrr on the snow. I have been told our winter will be bad, and yet this is still the warmest year ever.

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  14. It's great to get these fall chores done before the snow flies. I noticed the smell of freshly spread manure this morning and that most of the crops have been harvested. There is still a large field of cattle corn down the road to be cut. I should get pics of it tomorrow morning before it's gone. We'll put mulched leaves on the flower beds too. With 5 huge maples we have plenty!

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  15. I wish I had some nice leaves to mulch with. But then it would be a lot of work taking care of the trees. - Margy

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  16. Hello, I thought maybe you were writing about my valley, the Ottawa Valley, the scenery is so like yours. Your photos are wonderful and I enjoy your writing.

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  17. Snow tires - check! We've actually already had some flakes on the ground - but thankfully not the kind that stay for too long. Soon enough though. I've got to get leaves on my own garden beds this weekend. The apples in the tree - great shot!

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  18. What a pretty day -- great to be outside on a day like that.

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  19. The rhythm of the seasons define our days in so many ways. It is comforting to read of you putting the gardens to bed and covering them with the leaves from the trees. Oh how I miss my gardens! At least, I can enjoy reading about yours.

    Do the seasons seem to change more quickly these days? They sure do for me.

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  20. Your beautiful photos leave me nostalgic for our home in Missouri. Colorful leaves, compost and fall work of preparing for the winter months. Glad you were able to accomplish do very much! Peace to you and again, thanks for sharing about the beautiful area of the world in which you live. Having seen it this past summer is now one of our treasured memories.

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