Chore List

Rosemary: in from the deck and into the window

Here’s Herbdoc with her autumn garden to-dos:

The piece on Autumn Things brought a smile to my face and left me wondering if every veggie gardener in New England has a row of green tomatoes ripening on the window sill.  I know I do!

Although this is the season when we’re supposed to be slowing down, I’m still playing catch-up.  Every year I say that I’m not going to bring all those plants in, and every year I relent.  There are those tender perennials that are always on my “save list”…the 6 foot bay tree, lemon grass, a lemon tree and the figs, but I can never resist bringing in the red begonia semperflorens with its dark, almost black leaves, tiny pink and green ivies, the hibiscus, Rex begonias, and the few large rosemaries and the passiflora that I can’t trust to the unpredictable winter weather.  It seems worse this year as we haven’t had a frost yet and that allows me to save more plants!

Ponderosa lemon, adjusting to life indoors

Of course now that problem is where to put it all.  When we were remodeling a room downstairs in the summertime, a zillion books (another passion!) were placed in the area that houses my light garden.  Consequently there are plants in every room of the house until the books are either moved or donated.  I suppose that will be the next project following the planting of the garlic, saffron and colchiums.  Slow?  Autumn is anything but slow in my neck of the woods!


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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2 Responses to Chore List

  1. Joyce Torrice says:

    great article and lovely pictures…..I am still picking my Italian sweet peppers believe it or not and a few more eggplant… parsley is thriving and delicious in every dish i use it in….I agree Autum is not slow….just different…
    love your articles.


  2. HerbDoc says:

    Thanks, Joyce! We still have not a frost here; the parsley is doing wonderfully and the roses and clematis are blooming. Most of the perennials continue to be green, and I’m wondering if I’ll ever get to the garden clean-up. I did manage to cut back the majority of the herb garden though just because I don’t want to do it after Thanskgiving!


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