Last week we had our first hard frost, which for most of us in Iowa is synonymous with the end of the growing season. I’ve still got some lettuce and spinach growing, and a few of my cold-hardy perennials are still going strong, but there were plenty of other chores to be done after that frost – pulling up annuals, cutting back perennials, dumping container plants into the compost, and mulching leaves into the yard, to name a few.
If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, check out The Iowa Gardener. I have found tons of great information about gardening here, and it’s specific to our local area, which is even better. They even had a page where you can download and print your own pages for your garden journal. They list the chores you will typically do by month and leave you space to jot in your own notes about your own garden. Even though many may be saddened by the change of season, it’s never too early to start planning for next year!