November 29, 2023

Garden Notes: November 2023


  • 10th: 0.01"
  • 11th: 0.2"
  • 12th: 0.02"
  • 17th: 0.09"
  • 21st: 0.7"
  • 26th: 0.01"
  • Total: 1.03 inches
  • range of nighttime lows: 22 to 58°F (-5.5 to 14°C)
  • range of daytime highs: 46 to 81°F (8 to 27°C)
Weather Notes:
  • 1st frost: Nov. 1

November has been garden clean-up month. Almost every day I work a bit on pulling frost-killed summer plants and covering each bed with a thick mulch of fallen leaves. This keeps winter weeds down for easier spring planting. 

Other winter projects will include bed border replacement where needed and aisle clean-up. Wire grass and other weeds eventually take over, so periodically need to be cleared out and new wood chips applied. My garden is protected from cold winter winds, so on sunny days it's a pleasant place to work. 

Of the two beds of cool weather veggies I planted, only one has done well. 

kale, daikons, carrots, turnips, and garlic

I think it was the timing of planting and rainfall. It's been a dry autumn. Even so, fresh greens and roots are a welcome addition to our diet. 

  • greens: kale, daikon, turnip, dandelion
  • roots: turnip and daikon
  • cherry tomatoes (greenhouse, see below)
  • and . . . 

surprise watermelon

It was hidden under a pile of dead cherry tomato vines! They seemed to have protected it from frost, even though the watermelon vine is long since dead. 

I mentioned harvesting cherry tomatoes from the greenhouse. I have one cherry tomato vine in a pot . . .

This cherry tomato plant is a volunteer that showed up in a pot. It's a good test plant.

. . . as well as a few other things . . .

As tempting as it is to fill the greenhouse with plants, I'm trying to keep it to a minimum as we'll be working on the interior soon. 

These are two green pepper plants I dug up from the garden and potted.

Everything in it is doing well. so far, but the real test will be January and February, which are typically our coldest months. Even though it's still a work in progress, the greenhouse holds promise as a winter garden. 

Progress on the exterior continues slowly . . .

I reckon this will be my new winter garden.

Dan finished the siding below the windows with cement board in a barn board pattern. What there is of it. Then I painted it. Currently, he's recaulking the old windows, and then we can finish up with their coats of paint. 

I showed you the cherry tomatoes, and we still have a few slicing tomatoes that I picked green before the frost.

These are truly survivor tomatoes. They made it despite common tomato disease and a long dry spell. Looks like we'll enjoy fresh garden tomatoes on into December. 

I thought this was going to be a short post, but it turned out a bit longer. Does anyone else have gardening news to share?


Rosalea said...

Fabulous! Your greenhouse looks amazing. It fits right in and looks like it was always there. How wonderful to have green and growing things. A slice of that watermelon, please?

Jyoti said...

What a beautiful green house! Wonderful Post! Have a great day!

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

No harvesting here. We hit a windchill of 8 degrees yesterday morning. Your garden goodies look great. I did dig up my rosemary plants, and so far they are still alive.

Ed said...

Ours was covered in three inches of snow a few days ago and still has maybe an inch of that left or so. Since it is a new garden, there isn't a lot of work to do this fall to it other than the composted manure I spread on it. Next spring, we will have to go back to the old garden to tear down the trellis structure there and bring back the components to the new garden.

daisy g said...

That greenhouse looks fantastic! Y'all did a great job on it, and now you get to have fun, even in the winter months!

Here in the Piedmont of North Carolina, we are still growing brassicas and lettuces. Garlic sits in a bed, fully upright and waiting until spring to complete its growth. I've been propagating a few plants for the spring plant sale through our local Master Gardeners.

There's always something to do, no matter the season!

Leigh said...

Rosalea, thank you! I'm glad it looks like it's actually part of the house. Unfortunately, the watermelon wasn't all that great as it was overripe. The chickens and goats loved it though!

Jyoti, thank you!

Kristina, eek, that's cold! Good idea to dig up your rosemary. I'm amazed mine as survived out in the cold. I did lose part of it last year though.

Ed, sounds like you'll have a busy start to your spring gardening. I know you will appreciate not having to travel so far to pick something fresh to eat!

Daisy, thanks! I'm curious as to how it will do. This is my test year. Propagating some trees and shrubs is exactly what I need to do, and the greenhouse will be the perfect place to do it.

Quinn said...

I'm a bit behind on putting the big garden to bed, as so many other things have had to take priority. But I did manage to get the bean plants and trellis out a couple of weeks ago, so the barn can be cleaned out and the bedding deposited at the beany end of the garden. Trundling it down through the paddocks is a job I try to save for my Occasional Helper, while I do all the shoveling and raking and distributing. I was hoping to move fence posts and stock panels as well, so I'd be ahead in the Spring, but that has to come after the bedding-spreading, so I may have missed my chance.

Leigh said...

Quinn, Sounds like you've got a good work flow! I seem to do early garden tidying more for myself than the garden. It depends on the weather! But it is nice to have all the beds mulched.

Nina said...

Our garden has been put to bed for the winter for weeks now. The ground is now frozen, the pond frozen over and there are nasty windchills in the mornings. I've heard my menfolk scraping the ice off their windows in the mornings when they leave for work. Yesterday and today we've had snow and more snow. It's lovely to be able to garden vicariously through your blog while I toss another couple of logs in the woodstove :)

Leigh said...

Nina, sounds like you've got full-blown winter going on. We're just getting tastes of it.

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

Excited to see the greenhouse in use - and sad to hear about the dearth of rain. Is that normal?

I have cleaned out what I could clean out from the garden and my limited planting is in the spot with the most sun. Mostly leafy greens at this point.

Leigh said...

TB, every year we seem to have a dry spell in autumn, but when is not predictable and makes the timing of autumn planting tricky. Our autumn planted pasture has suffered especially, but it's one of those things beyond our control.

Nice that you have at least something planted now!

Goatldi said...

Wow you are doing nicely. Looking forward to watching everything from weaving and gardens plus a green house grow!

We were teased with a chance of rain for tonight but it is now almost 3 hours behind projected arrival. So far the weather is mimicking last autumn. We all remember where that led to lots of snow, rain and cold for months. So much that it took three starts of the spring garden. The third try went on but not until mid June. We shall see.

I am going to make a try at a blog post this weekend so I won't steal your thunder here. Just a cheap shot of advertising lol.

Leigh said...

Goatldi, I always look forward to new blog posts from you!

We're in an identical rain situation here. Big rain coming but every time I look at the forecast, they'e pushed arrival time back. We really need it, too.