Little Creek Maple Farm

Our adventures around the homestead.

Vacation Day

Not sure I could have picked a better day to take off from work.  We reached 62.5 degrees at 13:39 here today!  Unfortunately, the sky has darkened and we have had a few sprinkles this afternoon, effectively postponing the completion of my yard work.  The good news, however, is that I started early enough this morning that I was able to complete a few of the tasks that have been on my “to do list” for a while now.

Leaves – who would have thought I could still have leaves on the trees that have yet to fall!  It seems like leaves have been falling here for over a month.  Our oak trees are the last hold outs.  The maples dropped most of their leaves 1-2 weeks ago.  I rounded up a portion of the leaves to add to our compost piles.  Some of the leaves were shredded with the lawn mower to add another layer of mulch to the garlic I planted the middle of October in our raised beds.  The #snowtober storm significantly compacted the first layer of leaf mulch I had added after planting, so it was time to top them off.

Mulched Beds

Flag Mount – It’s amazing what a couple of 3-1/2″ torx screws can do for an improperly installed flag mount. The mount was ripped off the house during some gusty winds when the original 1-1/2″ wood screws let go.  The original installer chose a great location at the corner of an exterior stud wall with plenty of material to bite into, unfortunately they just chose too short of a screw with too fine of a thread, that barely made it into the sheathing.

Old Glory Flying High

Garage Door Seal – After starting the project of repairing the spalled concrete edge of the garage floor slab and replacing all the weather-stripping on the garage doors early this summer, I am proud to report this project is completed.  The lone hold out on this project was a single seal on the bottom of one garage door that needed to be replaced.  An easy enough repair – yet even easier to be pushed to the bottom of the list.


November 14, 2011 - Posted by | Gardening, Home Maintenance


  1. Keep an eye on those leaves you are using as mulch. If they are not shredded, they can form a mat that will keep rain from soaking in and will keep anything from growing up through the leaves. If they are shredded then it isn’t a problem at all.

    Comment by Fritz | November 18, 2011 | Reply

    • Good point on the leaves. Most are shredded from my lawn more and the blower vac, but I am sure there are some that are not. As a matter of fact I can see some in the photo on top that are not. I was planning on just keeping the leaves on the garlic for the winter and removing any that did not decompose in the spring. I am not sure if that defeats the purpose of mulching the beds or not.

      Comment by billcarpenter4 | November 18, 2011 | Reply

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