Fall is officially here. I’m never ready to let go of summer, but the days are definitely shorter and leaves are starting to turn. I can’t deny it.
A long to-do list is the norm for life on the farm. But fall brings some extra pressure. We have to get thing done before the weather changes.
(Although have to might be a strong word choice. The farm will likely not fall apart if we don’t do these things, but I would feel like we’re more responsible caretakers if we did.)
Prune raspberries – The garden continues to be a disaster, but I continue to hope I can get just one part of it under control. Aside from the emotional peace of mind pruning the raspberries would bring, it would also set us up for a better harvest next year.
Transplant lilac – When we moved here, I brought a cutting from my grandmother’s lilac. It’s been doing well, but as it grows bigger, it’s obvious it isn’t ideally located. I’ve heard fall is a good transplanting time. Any tips for moving lilacs?
Remove screens – This is something I try to do every year, but it’s hit and miss as to whether I succeed. I feel that storing the screens for the winter protects them from the harsh weather, plus it sets me up to clean them and the windows every spring.
Turn off exterior water – This one is non-negotiable. The water has to be turned off, the hoses need to be put away and pipes must to drained before the temperature dips below freezing. We’ve done this enough times that it’s usually not too difficult.
Clean the gutters – Before we turn off the water, we need to clean out the eavestroughs. Being surrounded by so many large trees mean that the gutters fill up with pine needles, leaves and other debris that clog up the downspouts. If they’re given a chance to freeze, troughs will back up and overflow, which could lead to water going where it’s not supposed to.
Service tractor – My super helpful cousin comes up to the farm every fall to change the oil in the tractor and check it over. Before he shows up, we need to remove the mower deck, clean and grease it. We’ll hold off attaching the snowblower until we need it. We also need to run the push mower out of gas.
It’s a relatively modest list. I’ve not added any big new tasks, just focused on a few basic things that we need… or things I’d like… to do.
Those raspberries looks delicious, and what a smart idea to remove the screens after summer. We got a glimpse of fall for a few days last week, but it’s back to being hot, humid, and nasty this week. I can’t wait for fall!! Enjoy it!
I find by the end of the season the screens are coated in a surprising amount of dust and dirt. Plus, daylight is so precious in the winter I don’t want to obscure any of it!
I thought I had replied to this already, sorry if you get two. I started my garden cleanup yesterday. I still have lots of pumpkins growing and for some reason my tomatoes look better now than ever!
My dad used his leaf blower on his gutters! He walks around the roof a few times a year before the leaves get wet and matted down and just blows them clean!! Easy, peasy!!
Matt cleaned our gutters that way a few years ago, and it was awesome. If we can get the timing right, we will definitely do it again.