|Winter 2013-14 was especially long and cold in the Midwest|
|Rich mulch where my trolleus used to be|
|Hostas are one of the deer's favorites|
|I plan to buy the kit to convert this 50 gal. drum to a rain barrel|
Finally, the early frost, it can take us by surprise. It often does, turning beautiful fall colors to dead shades of brown and black. It cuts our plans short or rushes our harvests. It sends us scrambling for row covers, sheets and pretty much anything we can lay our hands on if we're lucky enough to hear the warning on the news of a possible dip in temperatures. That usually only gives us a few extra days to finish up. Sometimes, just letting the inevitable happen is easier. Then we're on to the fall cleanup and before we know it the gardening catalogs are showing up in the mail again.
The staunchest and hardiest of gardeners will agree with Winston Churchill.
“Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” -W.C.
I tend to lean toward Demosthenes who said, "Live to fight another day."