Spring is soft and pink with flowering trees, summer is green as far as your eye can see and smells amazing, winter is white and hard some of the time, and fall is just…brown. The roses along the patio still have green leaves but mostly everything else is brown. The bamboo stays green year round and lays down in the snow and then comes back up. https://sarasinart.net/2012/12/26/bamboo-what-a-wonderful-plant/
The fence area of the garden is cleared out and spread with good aged horse manure where the cucumbers will grow, and with pulverized egg shell calcium where collards and cabbage will grow. Those things will soak down thru the ground as winter rains come and snow falls, then melts and soaks in.
There are very few acorns or black walnuts lying around, cos the chipmunks and squirrels have done their work and packed most of them away for winter. Including this one, that was “hidden” up in my Hopi Lima bean plants and discovered as I was taking them down. https://sarasinart.net/2015/10/21/squirrels-always-surprise-me-and-make-me-laugh/
Yes, it looks like a meatball, but meatballs don’t grow in Lima bean plants and neither do black walnuts, but one could still be found there, surprise, lol.
The wheelbarrow is standing up along the retaining wall to dry out so I can put it away in the garage. Tools are stowed in there, out of the snow and ice as well. The compost bins have been dumped once on the fence area and I filled them up then with leaves on top of the kitchen scraps, to make new compost, tho it will take a long time without the benefit of the sun and warmth. (This summer I bought a compost tumbler to make composting easier, and I’m happy to say it works well. I like it when things do what they’re supposed to do.)
I guess I’m as ready as I can be. Maybe our Indian summer will last till Christmas………