Sit around and do nothing
This is actually my favorite strategy all year round. But it’s particularly rewarding in mid-October, when no pressing watering, deadheading, or staking issues are likely to present themselves. This is why my garden is set up more as a place to hang out than to work. (Note, for example, the lack of a potting bench or shed, while there are 8 chairs.)
Go Brown Booby watching
This tropical diving bird, whose habitat is normally thousand of miles south of here, has been spotted along the waterfront. (You may recognize it from the frequent mentions in the Patrick O’Brian nautical series.) Fall and spring are good times for bird-watching of any kind here, with migrating species of all types passing through on their way to wherever.
All the ceramic is on sale now. I’ll be using it for bulb-forcing and then annuals or herbs. Choosing it is part one of the project; part two is the laborious process of removing all three of the old-fashioned sticky tags and their remnants.
Buy more bulbs
You have to be well-practiced in the art of denying that someone will have to plant these, and I am.
Plan winter vacations
In a month or two, it will be impossible even to sit and do nothing in the garden—time for a break!