This year I planned to do the same thing. I woke up on the 6th, no frost. OK, so I uncovered the plants. The next night was predicted to have a low in the 40s. So did I cover my plants? No. Guess when the first frost was. Yup. I woke up that morning to frost covering the rooftops, the ground, and the garden.
My first chore of the day was to pick all the green tomatoes and remaining sweet peppers. As you can see, I had lots. I froze 2 quarts of peppers, and still had plenty left. Some of the tomatoes I laid out on a pantry shelf to ripen, but I also wanted to try Michelle's suggestion of Farmgirl Susan's green tomato relish.
I was able to put up 21 pints, using not only our own green tomatoes, but also our sweet peppers and onions. I had to buy some of the other ingredients, but these are all things we will eventually grow ourselves. Michelle is right, it's really more like a salsa than a relish. Very tasty with tortilla chips and I can't wait to try it in my Americanized enchilada recipe.
So that's it for the summer garden except for the Swiss chard....
... and calendula. Both have withstood frosty mornings so far and continue to produce. I'm saving seed from the calendula, and we're still eating fresh, steamed Swiss chard plus...
... I've been dehydrating quite a bit. I have some 33 pints canned, so had been thinking about trying to dry Swiss chard, but wasn't sure. Then I read Mr. H's blog post about making his own dehydrator. One of the links he provided showed old photos of folks drying, what else, Swiss chard! I have close to two gallons dehydrated so far.
Of my fall crops,
the beets continue to thrive.
And the broccoli is starting to head. We've had samples in salads.
Cabbages are finally making heads as well. I have nine planted, and am hoping for a big batch of sauerkraut from them.
Carrots are doing well.
So is my garlic! I bought only one bulb to plant last spring. Rather than eat any of that harvest, I divided the bulbs into cloves and replanted. We eat a lot of garlic so I need to be planting plenty.
Lettuce with a backdrop of carrot greens.
And mesclun mixed with radishes.
I thought I planted my turnips too late in the season, but obviously not. They are getting huge. Besides one batch of sauerruben, I'm trying to store some. It's still too warm in my pantry for that though, so these are sprouting. Another batch of sauerruben is probably the answer to that.
Something is coming up in the rutabaga bed however. Do you see the sprouting plant on the left? Does anyone know if that's a rutabaga? This is my first year to grow them so I don't know what the seedlings look like. I'm hoping these are them.
We also planted annual rye in the lower half of the garden, where Dan tilled in the chicken litter.
It's coming up kind of clumpy, but it's coming up. We'll till this in as green manure come spring. And that's how my garden grows this November. How about you?
Text and photos of November Garden Tour © November (of course) 2010 by Leigh at http://my5acredream.blogspot.com/