Fall Cleanup–In Stages

I have a lot of work to do in the garden. We had a hard frost on Friday and I did not go beforehand to get the last of the peppers and tomatoes. Ah well. I did get in there yesterday and pull the last of the zinnia skeletons and the Jerusalem artichokes, not to mention the frosted pepper plants, tomatoes, eggplant, et cetera…So it looks like this now… very end of season.


Next step: a good weeding and dig.

It’s going to take several weekends to weed, lay down some composted manure and leaf compost in my garden and the small Plot Against Hunger garden, then go after the zinnia skeletons outside the fence. I am still recovering from an evil virus that had me sick most of October, so can’t go at the cleanup for four or six hours at a time the way I normally would.


Some mustards, arugula and frisee survived the freeze.

After things are cleaned up and composted, I’ll set out my cold frame and plant some lettuces in it. I may also plant some beets under the accelerator, but we’ll see how ambitious I am for winter gardening. Right now, I’m feeling as though next spring might be perfect.


The accelerator last year at this time–I was a little farther ahead!

I do still have some turnips in the garden that I’ll be harvesting, but they should not look like this. I will be seeking out a new seed supplier next spring because I keep getting the wrong thing in the seeds of the supplier I used. Once a daikon radish in amongst the French Breakfast radishes; once Kentucky wonders in a Blue Lake pole bean package.


Mystery veggies or mutants? They are NOT purple top turnips.

In the meantime, I’m paying more attention to my three indoor plants. I had to apologize to the African violet on Friday for not raising the blinds earlier. The other plants (and if anyone knows what they are, do tell–there is a story behind them) don’t mind low light, so I merely promised them water soon.


Have a good week folks!!!

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40 Responses to Fall Cleanup–In Stages

  1. Those plants aren’t peace lilies are they? The leaves don’t look quite right but that’s my best guess ๐Ÿ™‚ Your first hard frost already – time is racing past on us all again! Looking forward to our catch up call soon xo

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    • arlingwoman says:

      I got them when I was a child from our adopted grandmother who lived down the street. She had an enormous garden and lots of plants. She called these artillery plants, but I’ve looked those up and they don’t look like this. they don’t bloom and they create new plants by sprouting from the roots. So these are descendants of the original plants. Will talk soon!!!

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  2. Lisa, I’m sorry to hear you’ve been so ill. There is nothing worse then losing one’s energy. I find it really lays me low emotionally as well. I hope you are feeling 100% soon. I’m also on the fence about a winter garden. Right now it too seems like spring might be the better time to grow. We’ll see.

    I love that you still have plants from your childhood. That is extraordinary. xo

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  3. Mary Tang says:

    Good to know that you survived a nasty virus and regaining strength. Take care.
    Sometimes I wish the garden would go to sleep for a couple of months so that I can have a holiday! I don’t grow much annuals either so the garden is never bare.

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    My guess is Sansevieria (possibly S. hahnii) – truly a low light plant and also one of the best air purifier plants.
    The veggie garden looks in good shape and you still have some salad left! This past cold spell has ended the cold hardy annuals here and with two days of below freezing temps (night low of 17), even the ground started to freeze down an inch! Temps due to rise this week thankfully. I’m not ready for frozen ground yet!

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Oooh. Just checked S. hahnii and think you’re right. Thanks! I don’t envy you the really cold temps. It was a bit too cold for me today–mid forties, but damp, kind of bone chilling. Ugh. I hope your ground doesn’t freeze for a while!!!

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  5. Sylvie G says:

    I hope you get better soon , and glad viruses (anyway that kind) do not travel virtually. It was cold in this part of the world too this week.


  6. Sylvie G says:

    I hope you get better soon , and glad viruses (anyway that kind) do not travel virtually. It was cold in this part of the world too this week. The violet seems to have forgiven the lack of sun

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  7. Stay well, Lisa. We are lucky. We haven’t had a hard frost yet

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  8. KerryCan says:

    I didn’t know you’d been sick–that sounds awful! You need to go easy and not overdo things too much, although I’m sure being in your garden is restorative in many ways, too.

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  9. tonytomeo says:

    I really can not tell what those are; and that does not happen very often. Are they just starting to grow from bulbs that had been dormant? They look something like squill.


  10. Maria says:

    African Violets Iโ€™ve heard are not easy to grow. Is that so? You have a bloom though, thatโ€™s great!

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    • arlingwoman says:

      I think it depends on the light. this one has been used to a west window shaded a bit by trees. It’s now in a south window with a bit more sun, but I think the key is not sun all day. It’s pretty happy. I even water it from above, which everyone says not to do. It, too, is a pretty old plant.


  11. Brenda says:

    Sorry to hear that you’ve been under the weather. I hope you’ve taken advantage of the down time to read some good books. As for winter gardening, I’m thinking of ditching the fall/winter crops that I grow in a cold frame. I think I prefer some time away from gardening altogether rather than fiddling with trying to extend the season. Then I will be raring to go in the spring.

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  12. Get completely well soon! It is a demanding time in the garden, isn’t it? I’m interested in the ‘accelerator’. How does it work?


  13. LB says:

    Lisa, I’m so sorry you’ve been ill! Glad you are healing. No wonder you haven’t been able to accomplish as much as you wanted in the garden … although, to be honest, it looks like you’ve been pretty productive!
    My African Violets have healthy leaves but rarely bloom. I definitely need to find better light for them.


    • arlingwoman says:

      Hey Laurie! Thanks for visiting. Yeah, I was brought low in the spring and then again in October with the same evil virus (though, I suppose it had mutated). In any event, I’m looking forward to some extended work over the Thanksgiving weekend — if the weather be good! As for the African violets, you might try feeding and moving somewhere where they get good light, but not direct all day. Of course, they live where they live! You look pretty wooded.


      • LB says:

        Yes, I definitely live in the woods. I miss the blooms but they are otherwise healthy … although they probably need to be repotted.


  14. Lavinia Ross says:

    I have had the virus twice this past year, once in summer and again in late October. It does wipe out the energy.

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