November 6, 2014
Here is what the garden looks like at the beginning of November and how it has changed in a month:
Garden at the beginning of October:
At the bottom of the photo, we have our celery patch 🙂 We have been growing celery in our homeAnd transplanting them into our garden. You can tell a difference between those that have just been planted: And ones that have been out in nature longer. Look how nice and dark! We have been harvesting a little at a time. We’re still trying to figure it out 🙂
The rest of the pictures are taken from the driveway (still working from bottom of photo to top (east to west) of the photo)…
The tomato/pepper patch has joined the potato patch in resting for the winter. All I need to do is cover it with more manure.
Walking up the driveway, you can see the pea patch continues to do well. Notice the sweet potato patches before the first frost. The covered raised bed has kale, broccoli, and lettuce in it. Same view, post sweet potato harvest:This last section has
- strawberry patches in front of the blueberry bushes that will be covered lightly with mulch for the winter
- the last sweet potato patch, pre-first frost
- many places that have been cleaned up but still need to be covered with manure for the winter
- and the chicken tractor that has kale, broccoli, and cabbages in it Same view, post sweet potato harvest.Here are some pictures of what is in the chicken tractor: a few broccoli plants, kale, and cabbages. The kale used to be huge but we have been harvesting from it almost daily. The cabbages in the top right of the photo that are itty bitty were actually the largest transplanted but the cabbage moths somehow got under the cover & decimated them. They are starting to bounce back.Some of the cabbages are starting to head. maybe some early cabbages in the srping?
I think that’s everything. We are still harvesting peas and kale. I hope to harvest carrots and a few beets throughout the winter.
As always, I wish there was more and I will work towards that in the years to come but I am thankful for what we have! Covering really is the ‘trick’ to brassicas. Last year, we were able to grow one cabbage. The year before, we were able to grow two broccoli plants during a mild winter. My kale has never done so well.
How are your gardens looking at the beginning of November? Are you bedding down or trying to grow throughout the winter…or both?
I am linking up with Simple Lives Thursday to see how everyone else is living simply 🙂