The ground is frozen. The north winds are blowing. The trees, the shrubs and the flowers have gone into dormancy. There’s no getting around it – digging in the dirt is done for at least the next couple of months.
As kids, it was actually fun to see leaves fall in autumn. That’s because one of our chores was to rake the leaves to the street and burn them. We didn’t have curbs and paved streets back then, just a layer of blacktop that was level with our yard.
There have been a flurry of questions regarding those strange brown cones hanging from a variety of trees in the area. Though that is not much of a description, it tends to describe the bagworms found in many trees and shrubs this time of year.
The recycled two-liter pop bottle housing a dozen redworms, shredded newsprint, coffee grinds, and some vegetable and fruit peels, is turning out vermicompost, a black, earthy-smelling, nutrient-rich humus.