Preparing for first frost
It's that time of year again when those of us in the colder parts of the northern hemisphere have to think about the end of summer and the changes to come.
Our low last night was about 35F, so not quite frost, but getting close. Our average first frost date is around September 23, so it's coming.
In the garden, we covered some beans that have almost finished producing the seed for next year. Soon I'll be pulling up the Vermont Cranberry beans and leaving them to dry a bit in the garage. Some plants have been transplanted, refreshing strawberry beds and moving I'itoi onions to a cold frame. Many extra strawberry plants were given away to local friends, and some raspberry plants were given to me and planted. Some of the garlic and fall onions still need to be planted this week, but that can't be done until the beans are pulled to make room for them.
The hinged lids were put back on the cold frame on Friday morning. (They spend the summer in the garage.)
I picked most of the remaining tomatoes yesterday, roasted them, and made a couple more jars of tomato sauce for pizza and spaghetti. They're now in the freezer.
Seeds were ordered early, and have mostly arrived except for elephant garlic.
About half of the garage has been swept of the dirt it accumulated, but the other half needs to be swept, sorted, and organized before winter comes.
We'll probably have to mow one more time before the lawn stops growing. I turned the compost pile over yesterday, and it's ready to have lawn grass dumped on it after mowing.
You're never really done working around the homestead, but things happen quickly as frost approaches. Anything you've been putting off suddenly has to be prioritized. The good news is that once fall harvest is complete, there is much less work in the garden until late spring. All you can really do through fall is pick the cold-tolerant leafy greens that are still doing well, grow a few plants indoors under lights, and wait for spring.
What is everyone else doing as the nights get chilly, the days get windy, and the leaves start to change color?
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