Fall gardening begins!

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It is time to re-do our decorative planters for Fall. I didn't go crazy, just added a splash of color. I try to keep up with the garden on the sidewalk in order to reinforce that someone cares and lives here (since we live and garden in a city.)

I love the color of cabbage and use regular cabbage, which is far cheaper than ornamental cabbage.

I love the color of cabbage and use regular cabbage, which is far cheaper than ornamental cabbage.


This ledge was once used for standing by a mother picking up from school. I moved this heavy pot to the ledge the next day.

This ledge was once used for standing by a mother picking up from school. I moved this heavy pot to the ledge the next day.

 

 

 

Urban gardening tip:

Place heavy pots in areas where you don’t want someone to sit or stand.

If pots are kept updated with flowers, they are less likely to be used as trashcans.

 

 

Day lilies are fascinating to a young toddler!

Day lilies are fascinating to a young toddler!

 

 

 

I learned giving a toddler dead pieces of day lilies (which I really ought to be pulling out) serves as a good time occupier. Also these act as play swords, but are softer than sticks so I don’t worry about safety.

As usual, any toys I brought into the stroller were ignored. Pots and plant markers are a hit. I keep  plant markers under a rock on the patio and bust them out when I need to get her attention. I regularly wear my child, but lately she gets uncomfortable when I bend over while she is worn on my back. So our trusty Bumbleride Indie made the afternoon of gardening possible.

 

 

My gardening is intentional and simply cannot be time consuming. I work quickly.

Gardening used to be a more relaxing hobby.  Now it is rewarding, but not always relaxing. I love watching things grow, growing our own food, and the decorative aspect. However, with a toddler in tow, I cannot devote time to a perfectly planting and weeded flower bed.

I just get it done. 

 

This is the bare minimum of my fall planting and decorating. 

As the seasons change, how do you decorate outside?