Autumn is literally right around the corner. Come tomorrow, the Summer days will be long gone. I for one love it when we change seasons, it’s very much like starting a new chapter in my garden but also revisiting memories from times gone by, just like catching up with an old trusty friend. Even though the days will draw in quicker, there are so many things that I love about Autumn that I found it quite hard to compile this following list! Due to the fact it was difficult, I have put the list in no particular order, each one is as worthy as the next.
I absolutely love it when the leaves on the trees in our garden change colour and I always make sure to take a moment to appreciate their beauty. Transforming from fresh Summer greens to rusty Autumnal yellows, reds and oranges, there is always a spectacular array of colours. Falling, spiralling leaves in the wind or mountainous piles gracing the lawn after being raked, a true sign of Autumn in the air!
2. The smell of burning wood
The smell of burning wood from fires in the evening air. Whether the smoky wood smell is coming from a bonfire or just a chimney, there is something I find comforting and inviting on those cooler nights.
3. Tidy garden
When Autumn arrives, it’s a bit cooler and more manageable in the garden to do the heavier chores such as digging and weeding. Another plus is that the soil is much easier to work with and you are effectively ‘wiping the slate clean’ to be able to start anew when the new year arrives. Maybe it’s just me but I love getting the garden tidy and organised.
4. Tidy garden, tidy mind
With a tidy garden, you have now taken the pressure of yourself and you can enjoy what every gardener loves to do, which is to look at what bulbs and seeds to buy for the following gardening year. It is too early to sow seeds but Autumn is the ideal time to plant bulbs for flowering next Spring.
When I think of Autumn I think of hedgehogs, squirrels, foxes and birds, wildlife that is a pleasure to spot when you’re least expecting it. This is probably one of their busiest times of the year, collecting their food for storing over winter or finding dens to shelter in. If you have time, why not construct a simple hedgehog home for our prickly friends or hang bird food for our hungry feathered friends. I’m sure they would appreciate it.
6. Warm drinks and soup
When you’re busy tidying up the garden on a cold morning, there’s nothing quite like a break with a lovely cup of hot chocolate. It’s also the time of year to be making hot soups from all the homegrown produce from your garden. There’s no better way to enjoy the flavours of your garden than sitting on your garden bench watching the world go by.
7. Chutneys, pickles, relish and sauces
Feeling slightly overwhelmed when your tomato plants are producing tomatoes after tomatoes after tomatoes? One of the things I love to do at this time of year is to turn gluts of fruit and veg into preserves that will keep over winter. I think I wrote this before but what a great way to store a little bit of that Summer sunshine in a jar and really tasty too!
8. Garden centres
At this time of year, there may be some amazing bargains to seek out, whether it’s plants that have finished flowering, those that need a little extra TLC or seeds that are cheaper due to going past their expiry date. Keep your eyes open for any gardening treasures!
Do not worry if money is tight and buying seeds for next year seems like it’s out of the question. This is the time of the year in the garden when many of your own plants will be producing their own seeds. I always collect marigold seeds for the following year, super easy to collect and super easy to grow – you can’t go wrong with marigolds.
10. Garden lesson
My garden at this time of the year always makes me thankful. I’m appreciative of the happy times I have spent being present in the garden and enjoying the tasks at hand, as well as for the food it has given us.