It was another big work day on the homestead this morning.
A clean and tidy bed after weeding and new bark chip mulch.
My newest garden helper came around 9:00 a.m. and together we put down a nice layer of bark chips and three bags of cedar mulch that had been given to me in the chicken run area. I am doing this in anticipation of the autumn rain and the resulting mud.
Bark chips laid out around the chicken coop.
We cut back several perennial beds and added the same bark chip mulch so that we do not get disease in the beds from old dead foliage and so that Gene can more easily blow leaves out this coming November.
I love the tidiness of the pool shack bed now. Now to keep the chickens out of it!
We transplanted a chestnut tree I grew from a nut I was given last fall and transplanted three burning bushes starts I potted up last spring. I had planted about a dozen chestnuts before the last freeze but only one was successful. The rest of the nuts unfortunately just rotted in their pot.
One years growth on our chestnut tree.
Gene worked on digging and pulling out the Sassafras trees that have been threatening to take over the forge perennial garden. He saved the roots for a friend who wants to use them to make bitters.
I love the Sassafras trees because they turn a lovely color in the fall.
I washed two loads of laundry and hung them out on the clothes line to dry. It was a beautiful fall day; sunny and 65 degrees. it was not a burden to be outside working but rather it was a pleasure.
The compost bins are getting full of clipped perennials.
We spent the afternoon sitting in the porch reading and relaxing! A rest time that was much needed for us both!
A two years old burning bush transplant.
Small House Homesteader, Donna