In spite of feeling increasingly poorly as the day went on yesterday, the garden was assessed. The tomatoes are done and were pulled and dropped in the chicken pen. The pepper plants looked a bit sad, but the leaves did not burn in the frost and the peppers were unharmed. An hour of so was spent pulling corn stalks and weeds and dropping them into the chicken run. The sweet potatoes were dug and brought in to cure.
A 22 quart bucket full of Beauregard and Blue sweet potatoes.
Laid out to cure on the hardware cloth shelf with the onions and garlic in the root cellar.
The sweet potatoes were grown this year in a raised bed that was deep with good soil. Each vine had at least 4 good sized potatoes growing down into the soft soil, making a good crop fairly straight and nicely shaped. There will be roasted winter vegetables and sweet potato fries, candied yams for hubby for Thanksgiving, and perhaps a simple baked one now and then.
If we can get the Xterra repaired, a friend has offered a trailer load of sheep manure that will be dug in before the beds are covered with spoiled hay to overwinter. I need to figure out how to eliminate the nematode that damages the garlic and onions before I plant them again.
The asparagus bed needs to have the ferns cut back and mulched for winter and the raspberry bed needs a lot of fall work, there are too many volunteers and a tall woody mint family weed has infiltrated the bed. I am thinking of sinking rings of culvert deep into the soil and planting the raspberries within the rings to try to regain control and make the harvest of berries easier.
When we were working on the deck on Sunday, we stirred up this guy.
He wasn’t happy that his abode was disturbed. I hope he found another place to settle before Monday and last night’s frosts.