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We woke up to our first big snow this winter.

I love snow, and after a couple weeks of grey, rainy weather, it was extra welcome, along with the cold sunshine that came after.

I love dirt too, so after the period of rainy muck, I can now get back into digging again.

Winter is coming fast this year. We’ve had a lot of frost already, the winter tires are on and there have been a few snow flakes in the air. The fall chores are coming along early too. 2 crop circles are already cleaned, dug over and have a sparce covering of new raked leaves.

And the zen dirt garden has been tilled.

Ya, I’m getting into it. Doing the fall digging for next spring is one of my favorite garden chores

A little bit of yesterddys mowed grass doesn’t hurt.

A lot people prioritise things like bigger, faster, mostest and firstest or more money and less work. Not me, quite the opposite – fun, rest, beauty, artistry and recreation (work) are top priority. I get a lot more profit that way.

Not to speak of the health benefits of dirt, and of course the wonderful smell of fresh turned dirt.

DIRT

The pumpkin patch is cleaned out and ready for the big fall dig.

Except for the bed of garlic just planted. And most of the sunflowers will stay standing for the birds.

It’s time to get all the rest of the potatoes dug up and into the root cellar.

It’s also a good time to start digging for winter and next spring.

My yearly bout with bindweed – I’m sure to loose.

I can remove it and it looks pretty nice for a while, but it will always come back, especially around rockeries.

They always come back.

I have, however, managed to get them under control in the vegetable gardens by intensive weeding and fall digging, but perenial areas are impossible.

Almost done for the winter.

Brussel sprouts in the snow.

The cold weather makes the landscape frosty, and the ground is frozen hard making it imposible to finish the digging, but I’m almost done and have harvested almost everything. I’ll have to wait till the warmer weather returns next week.

We’ve had a week of ‘indian summer’. It seems like it’s been record warm for oktober, and I’ve been cleaning out crop residue and weeds and getting an early start on my digging and other autumn chores.

I love the sight of the cleaned out garden, and the sight and smell of the turned over dirt ready for winter fills me with joy.

Soon I’ll throw some leaves on for the worms.

There are still a lot of flowers to let grow a little more while it’s still relatively warm.

And oriental autumn greens.

For the last several days it’s been below freezing, and it looks like it’s going the stay cold for the rest of winter.

I’m not quite done with the garden digging, but I’ll have to call it quits now. I lost ten days travelling to Japan and have almost gotten caught up, so I’m satisfied.

I even got all the raking done, leaf coverings on all the dug up areas, hedge trees planted and another bed of garlic in before the ground got frozen hard. This year it’s later than usual but more done.

Now all I need is a bunch of snow for skiing.