The fall garden clean up has begun. We were blessed with beautiful weather last weekend, and I spent one entire day in the garden. Most of that time was spent cleaning up, removing plants, harvesting the last tomatoes (yes, I harvested tomatoes on Thanksgiving weekend), adding compost and manure to the beds, and tending to the fall/winter garden. By the end of the day, I was dirty and tired, but goodness I got a lot done.
Still growing in the raised beds are carrots, strawberries, and raspberries. We are expecting a frost and snow this weekend, so this will be the last few days of harvesting berries. The carrots get sweeter with a frost, so we are really looking forward to harvesting those as we need them over the next few weeks.
The tunnels and cold frame are doing really well. The cold frame has spinach and salad mix in it, and the tunnel has bush beans, Swiss chard, kale, beets, and carrots. The tunnels are hinged which makes getting into them so much easier than our experience last year.
Next up on the gardening to do list is to cover all the beds in leaves. I think by next week there should be enough on the ground to start raking them up, and piling them on the beds. Also next week, the garlic will go in the ground, and get a thick cover of straw for the winter. The strawberry bed will also get covered in straw, and the blueberry and raspberry bushes all need a little tending before winter fully arrives. And then the last thing I need to do is get covers on the tunnel frames on one of the other raised beds, so it is ready for an early spring planting.
Still lots to do in the garden before it gets covered in snow, but all of it connects me to this land, and to the food I eat, and it truly is work I love to do.
How are things around your garden?