Life is complex and busy, and I'm terribly sorry that I missed posting yesterday. I try not to let life catch up to the point that I miss posting here but to really manage that I need to get a bit ahead on everything which I just haven't been able to do lately. I'm actually starting to look forward to winter in that I might have some extra free time. It's probably not the truth but I'm hoping!
The obvious down side to the winter is the weather. I personally despise the cold and snow. I'm fairly concerned about what this winter will look like with the crazy weather we've been having lately. The photo Left shows the smashed remains of our corn, I know the photo didn't come out very well but I'm sure you can see the mass of leaves on the ground. We had serious hail for the past couple of days. Very reminiscent of Texas with 90 degree days and pea to grape sized hail at night. I am just pleased that most of our plants made it despite the pounding rain and hail.
The main time to do this will be between the killing frost and the ground freezing solid. The killing frost comes, and we rip out everything that doesn't survive frost. We put that into the compost and pile the rabbit waste and hay into the beds that have been cleared making a good solid mass of mulch hay over the top. That's also when we're going to be planting garlic for next year. This time I think we should plant even more garlic! If I have time and energy to spare at that point, that's when I get the planting areas for next year to expand what we can plant started. With darkness coming sooner and sooner that gets tougher and tougher, but I'd like to get at least the basic rows in to expand our planting area next year. I know early spring will wipe me out, so if I can get a jump on the job for then now, that's the ideal!
Sorry for the short post, I'll hopefully catch up with everything next week!