In my mid-South garden, fall slowly transforms into winter with the heat breaking late September and the first frost occurring at the end of November. And right in the middle of the transition is the month of October, an oft-overlooked critical point of garden maintenance. It’s a time for garden clean-up, to clear away and tidy, to set a fresh stage to ensure a vivacious spring.
First, when the temperature outside cools to a similar temperature to inside, I move my vacationing houseplants back indoors. I also add humus and manure to my flowerbeds. I clean up the blueberry patch by pruning broken or diseased limbs, and thicken the mulch with pine needles or shredded oak leaves. I steadfastly stake tall-growing autumn blooms such as salvia, dahlias and chrysanthemums and gather up materials to add to my compost bin. It’s quite the bustling month. Plus, I like to throw a big Halloween party and getting ready for that is its own wonderful, but significantly time-consuming enterprise.
I’ve partnered with United Solutions, and I use these baskets to carry my garden refuse, decorative gourds and whatnot, and they help me complete my tasks in this busy month. I’m giving away one United Solutions Hands-Free™ Tote to help you streamline your October too. Simply, leave a comment on my blog about your garden maintenance plans to enter.
September means it’s time to harvest summer’s bounty, to take in the bumper crop of cucumbers, to trim the basil back for the last time. It’s a time for the final summer harvest, for carrying the corn, tomatoes and eggplants from the garden to the kitchen, where they will be canned, stewed or frozen and kept for winter. It’s the beginning of a final frenzy of activity on summer’s last legs. I find myself making numerous trips to garden in early morning or around dusk when the temperature drops to slightly less sweltering.
I’ve partnered with United Solutions, and I use these baskets to carry my produce. I pick the crops, place them in the basket and rinse them with the hose, while they’re still resting in the basket, and carry the whole thing back to the house. It cuts down on my trips back and forth and it’s profoundly helpful in this season of harvest. I’m giving away one United Solutions Hands-Free™ Tote to help you streamline your harvest too. Simply, leave a comment on my blog about what you’ll be harvesting to enter.
It’s back to school time! Do you have someone in your life who is headed back to school? Help them take a load off with this hands free tote from United Solutions. Whether it be for a move, school books or to carry laundry from the laundry mat, this tote will give them a hand. I use it around the house and it’s been incredibly helpful!
I like it so much that I’ve partnered with United Solutions after testing it out and we’re giving away one hands-free tote each month until the end of the year. If you’d like to enter to win one, tell me what you need to tote to make back to school easier in the comments section!
As a child, one of my favorite summer treats was heading to the lake. My mom would announce that we could go, that she’d drive us out for a day, and it would send us kids into a tizzy of excitement. We’d crowd into the car, sometimes with a neighborhood friend who was allowed to come along, and piled between us, on top of us and crammed into every space available, we’d have all our stuff— a cooler filled with ice, snacks, towels, folding chairs and toys. My siblings and I would swim, run around and nap on the lake’s beach. At twilight, we’d wedge all our gear back in the car and climb back in, sandy and sweaty, dozing off on the ride home. I’m so grateful for those times.
Going to the lake is still something I inherently associate with the heat of deep summer—with fireworks, food and friendship and grilling, sunburn and sand. One thing that can be said of the south is that it’s peppered with swimming holes, rivers, creeks, “secret” fishing spots and plenty of lakes, warm enough to swim in. We’ve no shortage of water here, and I try to make it out to the lake at least once every summer.
Now as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found I have no fewer things to tote for a day at the lake. I’m still bringing the towels, the chairs and the food. When I was younger, we’d stack our towels in big baskets and drag them out to the beach or carry all the items separately. These days I’m using a hands-free tote from United Solutions. It’s pretty handy while being lightweight yet sturdy and I’ve found it tremendously helpful! I don’t have to drag it along the ground to get the shore line.
I like it so much that I’ve partnered with United Solutions after testing it out and we’re giving away one hands-free tote each month until the end of the year. If you’d like to enter to win one, tell me what you’ll tote this summer in the comments section! Happy lake days to all of you!
The winner for August in the Life Needs a Tote Giveaway is Jeanne Link! Thank you to everyone for entering! We’re giving one tote away each month until the end of the year. Click here to enter again.