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Autumn is a season many have come to love. The awe-provoking colour changing leaves, nostalgic childhood memories like pumpkin patch visits, and, of course, thanksgiving dinner. Although these are some pleasurable autumnal activities, there are always the more tiresome ones including preparing for unpleasant weather, dealing with leaks or struggling to find the most beautiful decor. In this article, we will provide you with lifestyle hacks to make your autumn superb! 

For Your Garden

“Where flower does bloom, so does hope.”

- Lady Bird Johnson 

Be sure to have a suitable location for your plants whether that consists of bringing them indoors or investing in a greenhouse. 

You may consider planting vegetables in time to harvest next year. Especially with the uncertainty of Covid-19, it's nice and reassuring to have some of your own organic crops. You may even find pleasure in maintaining your garden! In addition to plants that require warmth and light, there are also ones that thrive in cool weather including lettuce, radishes, beans, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, turnips, collards, cauliflower, kale, and arugula. 

Want something different than vegetables? Want something to brighten up your garden and effuse a pleasurable aroma? Here are a few suggestions of beautiful flowers that will bloom just in time for the winter holidays. You are bound to find one that is perfect for your garden. 

1. Pansies

Not only do they have a delicate fragrance and bloom into beautiful petals, they are also edible and attract bees. If you decide to plant pansies, not only are you transforming your garden to a whole new level, you are feeding the bees! They are super easy to plant and they're tolerant towards Canada's harsh winters. 

      2. Helleborus 

If you want an extremely pure-looking plant, Helleborus is the optimal choice. Helleborus, often named as the Christmas Rose, consists of elegant white petals and a dim yellow pistil. 

      3. Crocus

After surviving through a long and harsh winter, you will witness the earliest signs of spring when these flowers begin to bloom.

For Your Home

“Home is where the heart is”

- Gaius Plinius Secundus 

1. Clean Your Gutters

You may want to get your hands on your dirty gutters before winter. You want to ensure that you’re gutters are leak-proof and polished like a penny. 

      2. Verify that your heating system is working. 

The worst idea is to wait until you’re freezing cold and discover that you don’t have any heat! Ensuring that your heating system is operational will reduce the chances of sickness, discomfort, and regret. 

      3. Brighten up your home with some fall decor 

Red, orange, and yellow are the go-to colours to accomplish a cozy home aesthetic. You can simply place a few fallen leaves and/or pine cones on the dining table or go all-out and renovate your entire house for a fall-feel. 

Warm-up and furnish your porch by hanging a wreath on your door, investing in some throws, a rocking chair, or even purchasing an outdoor table. You will be able to enjoy the beautiful fall scenery while knitting, drinking a cup of coffee, reading, or bird watching without being disturbed by the chilly fall breeze. 

For Your Desires/Bucket-List

1. Visit a pumpkin patch! 

This is the perfect activity to relive your childhood memories. 

      2. Take a stroll along the streets.

Admire and appreciate the beautiful maple leaves, and perhaps take some photos as everlasting memories. 

      3. Bake some seasonal desserts and assuage your cravings! 

  • Pumpkin Pie 

Pumpkin pie is a traditional fall dessert that won’t disappoint. It’s easy to make, customizable, and fills the house with a sweet, spicy aroma.

  • Apple Pie 

Another traditional fall dessert that effuses a sweet, mouthwatering aroma throughout the house. 

  •  Pecan Pie 

A gooey yet crunchy dessert that reminds the entire family that fall has arrived. 

  • Chocolate Maple Bars 

These are not very difficult nor time-consuming, but they elevate energy bars to a whole new level. 

Mmm-I can already smell the aroma coming from the oven. 

(For more recipes visit Delish or TasteofHome for a homemade twist on fall treats)

   4. Jump into a pile of leaves! 

Who says this was designed exclusively for kids? Activate your youthful soul and strengthen your appreciation for nature by reveling in this activity. 

   5. Host a virtual Halloween Party! 

Although trick-or-treating physically is unsafe this year, you can get your creative juices flowing by hosting a virtual Halloween Party! Get the squad hyped up with some truth or dares, a horror movie, a costume party, or a pumpkin carving contest. 

  6. Burn some fall-scented candles. 

Suggestions for fall scents include: cinnamon, pumpkin spice, apple, pecan, Autumn leaves, and maple.

There are so many ways to enjoy your fall with activities and festivities. From planting flowers and vegetables in your garden to trying something you've never done before. With leaves changing and cool weather on its way, savour the beautiful evening walks and the taste of pumpkin pie.

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Article Author : Michelle Xiao

Article Editors : Edie Whittington, Stephanie Sahadeo