in years past, 'november' and 'garden' came together to pretty much describe a bed of just-planted garlic and, if I was really on top of it, a bed with some greens that may or may not make it because I started them about a month too late.
ah, but this year is different. we've found our fall garden groove, I do believe. beets, carrots, chard, kale, collards, mesclun mix, lettuce mix, bok choy, and kohlrabi (now that is a pretty looking, and sounding, word) all growing and growing well, with the help of a couple hoop houses and strategically placed (and used) sheets of plastic. garlic for next year just planted. a few mature carrots still to pull, along with some parsnips to be harvested as needed. the peas were so promising, but alas, fell under the planted (just a hair, it seems) too late category. we had a few baby peas off of the huge and flowering plants, and then we had cold, cold weather that resulted in frozen little pea-lets (even covered with a sheet!). ah well. the plants still looked great, but not doing anything, so we pulled them and threw them to the chickens a couple days ago. next year I will actually plant them the first (not third) week of August.
speaking of chickens, we are most definitely experiencing an egg-drought. older hens are moulting heavily, looking as if they are repeatedly getting attacked by angry feather-pulling creatures, while the younger girls are yet to start. well, one black australorp started, but then stopped with the change in weather/daylight. hoping things will even out soon, but 'tis alright. it's all part of the package. thinking we may put a light out in the coop for them.
fingers crossed both hives make it strong through the winter~ the back hive (the one resulting from our split this year) seems a bit odd. we couldn't find any evidence of the queen when last we looked, but it doesn't seem they are dying off. thinking maybe that first cold snap stopped her laying for a bit. we hear that can happen. now it's a bit chilly to go investigate, so we wait and we will see.
next homesteadery-type fun will come in January, when the trees get tapped! we purchased a second wood stove for boiling off and plan to double the number of trees we tap. we've scouted some out and just need to get the owners' permission. still going strong with a bit shy of a gallon left.
all for now~