Fall Harvest

I just finished up a little yard work — more than anything I needed to get some fresh air, the weather hasn’t been very conducive to early morning bicycling, and with the road construction on one of the semi-major roads between me and the trail I ride I haven’t been too motivated to risk my life to go out most week days (they are getting close to finishing up — though it’ll be mid-day rides for now).

Pruning some rose bushes and rooting the cuttings — hopefully next spring I have a few dozen more rose bushes to plant in my rose beds.

Trimming dead branches from the fruit trees and getting them in shape for the winter / spring.

Bagging up yard clipping for the green pickup on Tuesday — my recycle bins are too full to add more clipping right now, but they should have space if there’s another mowing this year.

And… picking the last five limes.  I’ve now had this tree for four years, the first winter it was in the back yard nearly killed it, so I moved it and an orange tree to the front (I’ve since planted two more orange trees in the front I grew from seed).  The orange tree produced literally hundreds of oranges the first summer, but only a handful since then.  The lime tree produced two limes last summer, this summer it produced over twenty (I lost count).  I probably could have left some of these limes on the tree a little longer, but the nights are getting cooler, and realistically the days are too short to really nurture much growth on a citrus tree… so I figured just put them inside where I’ll use them (they’re great when I bake boneless/skinless chicken in the convection oven).

Hard to say whether we’ll have a mild winter or a rough one this year, but as long as there’s a good amount of rain in the spring I expect my fruit trees to do well again (which makes the squirrels and birds very happy as well).