October To-Do List


This morning I walked out to my car to put some items in for the office while I finished letting my egg boils on the stove. When I turned back to head back into the house I was startled by two bucks and a doe. The doe was eyeing her way to my garden and the bucks were just piddling around. I talked to them for a few seconds and told them to scat. Last week I’d found one of our orange trees shredded and ripped up. I figured it was deer trying to eat it and they had pulled it apart. Chris came home and inspected it and blamed it on a buck rubbing his antlers. Yeah… that buck was handsome but I didn’t want him anywhere near my plants!

I rarely see the deer in our yard, maybe a couple of times a month, if that. Perhaps I just miss them and they visit after I leave for work, but most mornings I see them down the street in someone else’s yard. I guess today was the day for their round to our yard.

Finally I decided it was worth trying to get a photo of the buck despite the long lens being with Chris and I dashed back inside. The other two deer had left and the buck was trying to figure out how to get over the fence in a good manner. I snapped a round of photos and then he figured out a way to get over and lept across easily.

Around here there is so much to do in the yard. This evening I started planting various bulbs and rhizomes but didn’t finish. Here’s my random train-of-thought list of things I want to get done in the garden this month:

+Finished planting bulbs
+Mow! It’s been awhile….
+Get cabbage planted
+Get onions planted
+Mulch garden
+Re-plant some morning glory seeds that were eaten
+Plant my oakleaf hydrangea
+Figure out a potential place for the Mexican plum. (Let me tell you, the worst arguments for couples aren’t about the big things, they are about the little, dumb things, like where to plant a Mexican plum.)
+Start a bunch of seeds to get going for spring
+Weed the front ditch
+Weed the beds around the man-cave
+Turn the compost and water it
+Look for trees to plant the last of the azaleas

I’m sure I’m missing something but there is always something to do in the yard!

Also, we now have a Sprout Dispatch Facebook page so please ‘like’ us and join the conversation! It’s a place for us to answer and ask questions and to share things we find throughout the week that won’t make it into the blog.

What are your plans for October in the garden? I know a lot of folks are bedding in for winter, but down here in the south we’re getting ready for winter crops.

Comments 2

  1. Moosie wrote:

    I want to pet the deer!!!!!!!!!! Awwwwwww! I know they eat plants but they are so pretty! There is always too much to do and no time to do it. I a, great full for the 4 hours I got work out in the yard today! Thank you Lord for the much needed therapy.

    Posted 21 Oct 2012 at 6:34 pm
  2. chel wrote:

    My “to do” in the garden is to finish planting the nasturtiums (just ordered my last packet of seeds!), get the veggies going (the tomatoes are getting tall and I just planted more eggplant, cucumber, and pumpkin seeds), and then start researching a citrus tree- I saw a few at Home depot the other night and while I didn’t get one, I realized again how much I want one. I also want to plant more veggies and herbs this year, and really USE them.

    Posted 30 Oct 2012 at 4:12 pm

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