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October 2, 2008 - Janet DelTurco
There is still so much to do in the garden, but my enthusiasm is waning a little. Most tasks are cleaning-up related, and this has never been one of my favorite things. I keep at it because I know how good it is to find everything fresh in the spring, and to be able to go out and plant and care for new shoots without having to clear away this summer's debris. It is bad enough that sticks and stone appear as if by magic over the winter, and the leaves stick around no matter how many times I try to rake them all up. I cannot bring myself to pull up annuals that are still in bloom, and everything seems to be having a final burst right now. I am cutting back the feather grass all along one side of the house, it multiplies every summer, and was difficult to cut back last spring. And most of the perennials will be cut back. although a few, like coneflowers have seed pods that the birds enjoy through the cold weather, and they will stay till spring. I just wrote a column on propagating flowers by different methods, and I will have to read it myself to get the push to actually go out and do it. My neighbors on the corner have some double impatiens that I have my eye on, and I'll have to ask them for some slips before the frost comes. these cold nights remind me of that. The average date of the first frost in Seneca County is October fourth, so we will soon be on borrowed time.


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