Six on Saturday-Nov. 4

Frost has come a few times to central Indiana, sometimes light, sometimes heavy but often enough that the annuals have all turned brown.  I’d love to report that I’ve trimmed all the death and destruction from the gardens and moved it to the compost pile, planted all the bulbs, dug and stored the dahlias, etc. but I’ve been dealing with back problems so ugliness reigns and the job list remains untouched.  I’m crossing my fingers that I can get it done before the ground freezes.  Fortunately, while I’ve been prone things still change.

Allium rack compressed  My sweet D made this lovely rack for my various allium braids.  I’d moved a few braids of shallots and onions before my back went out, but there are still lots of garlic, shallot, and onion braids to come in to finish filling the rack.  Last year I moved the braids from my unheated Lady Shed into baskets in our unheated, but never freezes garage.  However, several shallots rotted, due to lack of air circulation I suspect.  This rack should fix that, and it makes it easy to check for rot and super easy to “shop” for the items I need.

Brussel tunnel compressed  Also before my back, I began making a polytunnel, but I didn’t get it finished.  I’m beginning to doubt that I will harvest any brussel sprouts or the spinach from this bed, but maybe……Same goes for these tiny, tiny turnips turnips compressed 11-17  which also need a polytunnel if they are going to have a chance to grow in our Zone 5, fast-approaching winter.  Not sure what went wrong, because I planted them as usual in August, but they just didn’t take off.  These carrots carrot & broccoli compressed  could/should be dug, but at least there will be a harvest, which is doubtful for the neighboring broccoli.  Notice the signs of our recent freeze on the dis-colored broccoli leaves.  Not holding my breath.  And, I hope I can bend over to harvest these lettuces, or cover them before our next cold snap comes the first of the week.  Lettuce compressed 11-17  The good news is that the garlic was planted on time garlic emerging compressed 11-17 and has emerged.  I’d like to get a layer of mulch over it yet this fall, but if it doesn’t happen there will still be a crop.  While I recover, I’m making notes in my garden journal to plant some of these fall crops earlier, and trying to gradually process the baskets of peppers, tomatoes, and beets that I harvested before the first frost came.  Hopefully by next Saturday, the polytunnels will be in place….if it doesn’t hard freeze before I can do it!

 

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About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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21 Responses to Six on Saturday-Nov. 4

  1. Island Time says:

    I hope your back feels better soon. Not a nice way to spend the end of autumn, with all the jobs to do and winter coming on. Your onions etc. look fantastic! A very early Arctic front has brought freezing temperatures, even before the usual autumn rains, so I’ve been busily raking up the fallen maple leaves to cover up everything that I normally leave in the garden throughout the winter. Hoping this will keep things hanging in there until we can eat them up. Do you have extra mulch and a helper that could cover up your remaining/overwintering crops? Get well soon!

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  2. mrsdaffodil says:

    What a lovely header photo! I’m really quite taken with it. The neat fence and gate. All the bounty within. The trees in the background. Perfect.

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  3. I love e rack for your aliums – what a brilliant idea! When I manage to grow enough to need one I will copy that!

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    • carolee says:

      I give my engineer husband all the credit. I just explained the problem, said I needed enough rack space for 40-50 braids that each weigh about a pound….he did the rest! I’m a lucky woman, and I know it!

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  4. bcparkison says:

    Oh goodness…sometimes life just gets in the way of progress. Gardening isn’t for the faint of heart.I do hope you get better soon.Winter will be long enough without being on the poorly side.

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  5. Sharon says:

    I hope you are soon on the mend x

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  6. curioussteph says:

    love your braided allium! and rack. best healing wishes to you!

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  7. Hope you are soon up and about.

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  8. So sorry to read about your back; hope you’re on the mend!

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  9. Mala Burt says:

    No time is a good time for gardeners to have a back issue. Feel better soon.

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    • carolee says:

      You’re right, no time is good except the dead of winter when all I can do is read catalogs and books. I really want to get those bulbs in the ground before it freezes!!!

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  10. Lora Hughes says:

    I’ve been muddling over the garlic rack problem & yours looks fantastic. Hope you get your to-do list done before the cold snap starts.

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  11. John Kingdon says:

    Backs are a real pain – I empathise! It’s strange how people often think that autumn is a time of rest in the garden; in a lot of ways it’s the busiest time as we try to balance what we want to do, how we prepare for next year and how we do what’s really got to be done now. I’m really impressed with your allium rack – an idea that I will shamelessly plagiarise at some point in the future when I have done all that must be done …. as if!

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    • carolee says:

      I agree…sometimes fall seems harder, because you MUST beat the freeze, which comes when it darn well pleases, and not when you are ready. Love my allium rack, and bet you will too. I also will be hanging bags of onion with stems too weak or short to braid, using the mesh bags my bulbs came in…if I ever get the bulbs planted so the bags are emtpy!

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  12. jennerjahn says:

    I wish I were home to harvest for you while you’re back recovers On Sat, Nov 4, 2017 at 10:46 AM herbalblessingsblog wrote:

    > carolee posted: “Frost has come a few times to central Indiana, sometimes > light, sometimes heavy but often enough that the annuals have all turned > brown. I’d love to report that I’ve trimmed all the death and destruction > from the gardens and moved it to the compost pile,” >

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  13. Oh no! Sorry to hear about your back! I hope you get better very soon and have a chance to finish up your beautiful work 🙂

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  14. I said a prayer for you. God can fix it so you won’t lose your nice vegetables. If I was close I’d come over and help you. God bless.

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    • carolee says:

      How sweet! Thank you. It makes me sad to lose some veggies, but my pantry & freezer are full, so I really can’t complain. And lying prone, I can still read the seed catalogs that have begun to arrive, and begin planning for next year! There’s always a silver lining!

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  15. What a beautiful garden.

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