Retail mania has hit. The fast forward button gets pressed, giving us plenty of reasons to tuck in and do cozy inside things like decorating instead. Gardening? What’s that? All those thoughts of seeds, plants and creating a garden space get shelved or take a simmer on the back burner.
But before we sign off on this year’s outside to do list, it’s time to iron out any last minute garden wrinkles and clean the gunk from the engines. Here’s a quick cold weather tip before winter and all its merriment reach us on December 21st. Run all your lawn and garden power tools until the tanks are empty or condition the remaining fuel with fuel conditioner. Your local power tool dealer is your best resource with tips and recommendations for winterizing your handy garden gadgets. And if you didn’t get to all those fallen leaves gathered in the plant beds, you might hold off on the leaf blower until you get to this.
Yes, sometimes this whole garden thing sounds like a ton of work. But this proverb might convince you that it’s worth it in the long run. “Age may wrinkle the face, but lack of enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.” I haven’t met a gardener who lacks enthusiasm yet! What’s on your holiday list of gifts to give this year? Wrinkle cream? No way. Give someone the gift of enthusiasm instead.
This ornamental Kale seemed like a better, more cheery picture instead of power tools and equipment. Plus, it has a bit of that wrinkly feel. And you can eat it, too! Another benefit of gardening.
Image of Ornamental Kale still kicking in the garden by Ann Bilowz
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