5 Garden Chores I Need To Do

5 Garden Chores I Need To Do

This time of year I’m always overwhelmed by the massive amount of work that needs done in the garden. This blog sometimes helps me to keep organized when I put together a list of those garden things to do.

5 Fall Garden Chores I Need to Do in My Garden

  1. Clean up the vegetable garden. It’s overgrown from too many weeds, too many tomatoes, and too many strawberries! I also need to attempt another sowing of spinach and lettuce. The dry weather wasn’t very cooperative…
  2. Plant Garlic. Fall is the time to plant garlic and ever year I’ve said I’m going to get it done this year! Well guess what…I said that again so we’ll see!
  3. Transplant: Strawberries, tulip poplars, and redbuds. I have a redbud that popped up in a patch of ragwort. I tried to remove it last year and thought I killed it…I thought wrong. It’s back like an Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick. Redbeds are notoriously hard to transplant because of their deep tap roots – better wish me luck on that one!
  4. Plant Plants: Oak Leaf hydrangea, several other hydrangeas, viburnums, salvias, and a few others. I still need to get a hold of an ‘Otto Luyken’ Laurel to complete my foundation plantings in the front garden.
  5. Dig up and move gladiolas. I have gladiolas all over the place and while they are pretty when in bloom they flop over and land on the ground like an opossum in headlights. They also have a ton of offsets from every corm. I’m thinking of trying a mass planting of all he collect corms somewhere…

There’s much more to do especially when you consider the garden shed. Although on that front I did manage to get another shelf section covered with wire mesh this afternoon. I also covered a window with plastic and caulked some more to increase the heat retention. I also put my first plants inside! It’s come a long way since I started, and to think it’s only taken a year! (Please note the sarcasm ;))

What’s on your garden to-do list?


Dave has written GrowingTheHomeGarden.com since 2007. He gardens on an acre and a half where he raises his 4 children. He enjoys growing vegetables, herbs, and propagating plants. Dave has a side business growing and selling heirloom vegetables and herb plants through Blue Shed Gardens and works as a real estate agent in Spring Hill, TN.

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  1. Great list of to-do items! 😉 I just stepped out in the backyard… ohmygoodness! Leaves galore – guess I have something to do! ha.
    Your garden shed is a beauty – aren't you happy and excited to be using it?!!

  2. I really can't complain about our weather beccause I have gotten so many plants moved, put in, cleaned up, etc. I hope this doesn't mean we are going to have a bad winter.


  3. I fear that it's more than I can do alone. I have managed to do part of one garden. I stop, pull a few weeds & on to something else.
    My first planting of Fall veggies didn't make it so maybe will try again.

  4. It takes but a quick second to plant garlic-mine is already up and growing but it is not too late for you.

  5. Your list is so much shorter than mine, lol. But it's good to be ambitious right? 😉

  6. SG,

    I love those leaves! I can't wait to add more to the compost bin. I'm very excited to actually use the shed!


    From everything I've heard so far we're expecting a milder winter than last year. When you consider how cold it was though that just brings things back to "normal." 😉


    I do that too, start off on one thing then migrate to another as I see it!


    I just need to get a bed cleared to do it. That darn Bermuda grass has invaded the vegetable garden…argh.


    It is good to be ambitious – you get more done! Stay tuned for my sequel post – there's always more to do in the garden! 😉

  7. I don't even want to think about all the chores I need to do in my own garden.

    When I think about it all I feel a little overwhelmed.

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