The Backside of October

Riding my bike home from downtown one day last week, it struck me how suddenly we had gone from a canopy of gold, orange, and red leaves over the street to bare branches above and leaf mulch on the road. We’ve hit the backside of October, and that means a rush to get the last garden chores done, an inordinate amount of gratefulness for any sun that shines on us, nightly frost watches, and inevitably, the first snow.  This weekend, I pulled and cut brush, picked a few surprise tomatoes, cleaned out the vegetable beds, and this morning, spent an early hour outside cutting down some spent hostas and daylilies. Sigh.

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