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Yesterday was Labor Day. Do you know how Labor Day came to be?
The first Labor Day was celebrated in New York City in 1882. A proposal by the Central Labor Union suggested that a parade take place to show “the strength and spirit de corps of the trade and labor organizations.” This was to be followed by a fair for the workers and their families.
Twelve years later, after nearly two dozen more states had followed New York’s example, the United States signed it into law on June 28, 1894.
It’s hard to believe the first day of fall is only a couple of weeks away on Tuesday, September 22. September 1st is already considered the first day of Meteorological Fall.
I’ve noticed it’s getting dark earlier every night. Just a month ago, sunrise was at 6:18 A.M. and sunset was at 8:12 P.M. Now sunrise is at 6:45 A.M. and sunset at 7:31 P.M.—over an hour less of daylight! By the actual fall Equinox, sunrise will be at 6:58 A.M. and sunset at 7:07 P.M.! I miss summer already!
I’ve already got broccoli, beets, spinach kale, snap peas, and cabbage planted and will be tucking in some pretty little Johnny-Jump-Ups this week, in between the caladiums still decorating the shady front flower bed. They’ll have a few weeks to grow before I yank the caladiums out just before the first frost—on average here around the third week in October.
I know I need to decide where I want to tuck in some more spring-blooming bulbs—mid-October is the best time to plant bulbs here. Since I live in “Deer Country” I know I’ll tuck in more daffodils, hyacinths, and alliums as deer don’t like any of those. I’m also going to plant some onions around the outside of my raised vegetable garden—this will keep the deer away from my yummy fall greens.
Now would be a good time to tidy up my tool shed for winter and clean my garden tools. Not my favorite chore, but a necessary one. I pull out a brush with metal bristles—just like the one I use to scrub my grill. I scrub off every speck of dirt—because the dirt can absorb moisture from the air and cause rust. I take fine sandpaper and go after any areas that even look like it’s thinking about rusting and I give the wooden handles a light winter coat of flaxseed oil.
I bring my pruners into the Great Big Greenhouse the next time Sharp Again is here. They do a great job sharpening anything that needs sharpening (kitchen knives, scissors, pruners, etc. so when I pull the pruners out (to give the roses their February haircut), they’ll already be nice and sharp.
Yes, it’s a little bit of work, but when I pull everything back out in the spring, they’re ready to go. And, since the weather is not quite as hot now as it was earlier in the summer, it will be nice to sit on the back deck while I work.
It’s a great time to take inventory of your garden tools and Fall plants. Do you need some new tools or plants for your fall garden? Stop by the Great Big Greenhouse and get exactly what you need.
As I’m looking back over the previous paragraphs and realize all the planting and tool-cleaning I’m going to be doing (in between over-seeding my lawn and raking leaves), there IS going to be a lot of labor involved!
Happy Labor Day!