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We were away for a couple of weeks in October and as a result we have been scrambling to get the gardens ready for winter. We’ve had some very cold nights, which makes doing that last minute weeding nearly impossible with the frozen ground. Luckily we had a few sunny days and we were able to get the blueberries fertilized and the straw spread out on the rhubarb, strawberries and raspberry bushes. It is such a good feeling to have finally completed all the fall check list and we are now ready for the snow!Fall Check List

 

All the gardens are weeded and cleaned up for the winter.fall checklist

 

The compost has been emptied into the garden beds where it will further compost this winter. I like to put leaves and grass clippings from the last mowing into the garden beds as well. By the spring it will have all composted down.fall check list

 

Our lawn tractor has been used one last time and the gas tank is empty and the tractor is stowed away for the winter.Fall Check List

 

The hoses have been stored away and the outdoor water faucet has been turned off.Fall Check List

 

Our firewood is stacked and covered for the winter. We’re hoping we have two years of firewood cut and stacked,. We’ll see how cold the winter is.Fall Check List

 

If we had gutters now would be the time to make sure they are cleaned out. Clogged gutters during rainstorms can cause water to pool and damage your roof or siding. My husband recently cleaned out the gutters for an elderly neighbor; I don’t think they had been cleaned in years! There were actually plants growing in the composted matter in the gutters!fall check list

 

The shovels and snow blower are ready to the winter. The ice scrapers have been placed in the car.

 

Our windows have been cleaned and the screens removed and stored for the winter.

 

A professional has cleaned our chimney and we are ready for the constant woodstove use.Fall Check List

 

The outdoor furniture has been cleaned and put away for the season.

 

With all the fall check list completed we are now ready for the snow to fall. Do you have a fall check list to complete your chores? Are you ready for the colder winter weather?fall check list

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4 comments on “Fall Check List – Getting Ready For Winter

Margy on November 22, 2017 5:48 am

Lots of good tips. We are a bit late gathering the last of our firewood to cut and stack. The outside will be wet, but the inside stays pretty dry so it should be okay. I am growing a winter garden so I only had to but my pots to bed for the winter. – Margy

Nancy Wolff on November 22, 2017 12:57 pm

Margy,
I would love to grow a winter garden, what do you grow? Are your pots inside or outside?

Daisy Debs on November 22, 2017 9:23 pm

We are having gales here but it’s not too cold yet …the Festival of Lights Carnival in Truro was cancelled this evening because of high winds .
Out in my garden I,m busy planting tree saplings that I,ve grown from seeds , this is supposed to be a good time for planting trees and shrubs . The Squashes are stored away in the shed , out in the veg garden I still have leeks , onions and kale to see us through the winter …but all the other unused beds I,m replenishing with grass cuttings , manure etc .I have the bubble wrap ready to cover the outside tap too .
Chimney is swept and logs not so neatly stacked as yours in the woodstore ..bringing in a few of them and some pretty fircones ..its looking cosy !

Nancy Wolff on November 25, 2017 3:38 am

Daisy,
Thank you for your fall update, sounds like you are ready for winter! I love having pinecones to put in the fire!!

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