We picked the apples this afternoon, and I washed and sorted them. I took the culls across the street and dumped them in the deer pasture. There are a few more on the vegetable garden. I put most of the apples into the plastic bin in the garage. They should last for the winter. I will need to make at least one pie soon.
After finishing with the apples, I raked leaves off the flower beds and the paths. Then I ran over them with the mower. I now have a nice leaf mulch put over top of the compost on the vegetable garden. I gathered up most of the leaves off the moss garden.. which is really starting to look good. The trees at the back still have about half of their leaves, so I will be doing this again. The front trees have more of their leaves. The pond will need draining and cleaning in the Spring. It is covered with leaves. I have the pump turned off, as it keeps getting its filter plugged up. I read in a magazine that it is not good to have it run all winter, as the bottom layer of the water gets too cold for the fish.
I have been doing quite a lot of cooking lately, from recipes that look good. Pumpkin soup, ratatouille, fennel, apple, walnut salad... it makes a nice change from the same old, same old. I think I have the right kind of fennel growing in my garden. I shall transplant some of the little ones I see popping up in the flower beds. I grow this plant because the swallowtail butterflies like it. It makes a nice vegetable in this salad. I will want to try it sliced and cooked, next.