Colder than normal, and very little sunshine best describes the 2018 November. As I age, I find I’m less inclined to work outdoors in foul weather. Waiting for an elusive sunny day, the November outdoor job list received little attention. However, a few tasks were checked off. After the garden plan for 2019 was finished it was determined that a bit more garlic needed to be planted as well, so although it was later than normal, more rows of “Killarney Red” went into designated beds in the potager.
The potager received its garland, bows, snowmen and wreath on the gate to celebrate the holidays, as you can see in the header above. It will be prettier once the ground is covered with a lovely blanket of snow, but I’m in no hurry for that occurrence. The experimental poly tunnel was finally constructed over a nice bed of spinach. I’ve never had a poly tunnel before, so it will be interesting to see how it performs and if it really makes a difference. There may be a learning curve, and I expect to be doing some research over the winter to see how to utilize it best come spring. In looking at this photo, I’m thinking I’d better add a bar across the top to keep the snow load from collapsing the plastic! I have PVC pipe left, so it should be a quick fix if we get another mild day.
Most of the carrots were dug, sweetened by several frosts, but harvested before the ground freezes deeply, as were hardy herbs that have survived multiple frosts. I was especially impressed with the “New Kuroda” carrots, which has a lovely orange color and good flavor. They are reported to be a good storage variety, so I’m looking forward to giving that a test.
The tender plants were moved indoors in October, but in November faucets were fixed and hoses drug to the basement to make watering easier. Hoses were disconnected from outdoor faucets and stored for the winter as was smaller garden statuary and decor items. The potager’s outdoor furniture was stored in the Lady Cottage and the wooden pumpkins from autumn decorating were returned to the pole barn.
The first seed order arrived, and the second was placed to take advantage of a “Black Friday” sale. Seed orders are quite small this year, because there are so many seeds left from my over-indulgence last year!
For the numbers, the 2018 November harvest was 14 pounds, compared to only 2 pounds in 2017. Last year, only a few radishes, kohlrabi and lettuce were harvested in November, so there was a nice improvement in planning to provide more variety this year: spinach, leeks, turnips, carrots, lettuce, bunching onions, baby beets, radishes, radicchio, Italian dandelions, kale, and various herbs.
So that’s the final tally for November, which seemed like a very short month, especially with holiday travel wedged in between final garden chores, closing down the potager and preparing for our annual tree decorating party. There should be a meager harvest to report in December, since I’ve yet to dig the parsnips and there’s still an abundance of spinach besides the crop in the poly tunnel. Whatever comes to the kitchen as winter creeps closer will certainly be appreciated!
Very impressive tally for November. Really, you are inspiration.
Thank you, Laurie, for your comments and for reading. This extending the season is a new, fun challenge for me. I grew up with the “plant it all at one go, plow it under after the first frost” method. This potager concept is much more reasonable for a small family, and lots more fun, less work, too!
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That’s how it was in Maine, when I was growing up. Sometimes change is good.
Our cottage-style flower garden is still wild with seed heads, overwintering for the birds this year. Your potager looks so sweet and tidy! I like both looks!!
The potager is tidied so I can get an early start with veg next spring. Several of the back yard flower beds are left “stalky” to provide seeds for birds, as is the cutting garden which is hidden behind the potager’s fence. Experts say we may lose over half our birds in the “Sixth Extinction” so we all need to try to help them as much as possible!
Lovely update. Thanks for sharing.
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