Fall is my favorite time of year especially after harvest. The garden slows down and goes to sleep after a good turn over. Digging (turning the dirt over) is a favorite past time and good excercise, even tho it’s muddy and threatening to freeze early. I dig until it freezes too hard to stomp the spade through. One year I was able to dig until the day before christmas eve.

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The maple leaves are beautiful now. Not just as clouds of orange in the landscape, but also as huge piles raked together and then as a covering on all the compost piles. In fact, these leaves along with oak, ash, elm and other leaves constitute a good portion of the compost. They make good worm food.

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