Fall is a bittersweet time for us in the gardens, as it signals the end of our growing season in the gardens. This past week we began to take out our more tender plants, replacing spent annuals with gourds, ornamental kale, pumpkins, and mums. Soon, we’ll replant the perennials that are in containers to another area of the garden (or re-pot for our Plant Sale in May). We’ll remove tropicals to their adopted homes for their winter vacation. We also use this time to take copious notes on locations of plants, what worked well, and why, so next spring we can plan anew. Try keeping a journal for your home garden and you’ll be amazed at how much it helps when you begin to plan for next spring!