It’s November

Frey walking our ox Lucky back to his shelter in the evening

Frey walking our ox Lucky back to his shelter in the evening

November has never been my favorite month.  It is suddenly gray, days are short and the list of things to do is still long.  All summer long as we were doing all the day to day tasks a long list of things that we’ll do “in the fall” was created.  Sheet mulching, terrace building, swale digging and more made it to the list.  Well November is 2/3 over and some of those things have been done but many are still on the list.  It feels as though every day is a race against the sun as days are short and temperature really dictates what activities can be done.   Thankfully our garlic is planted and mulched and all of the root crops are out of the ground except the Jerusalen artichokes.  Lately we have been trying to put all of our garden beds to rest; applying trace minerals and ammendments, compost and rock powders.  There are still piles of manure and compost that we want to spread before they are rock hard, leaves to rake and beds to mulch.  I actually still have hopes of doing some weeding, but I may have to give up that goal unless there are enough warm days to make pulling roots reasonable.  This time of year is about clean up and preparation for another growing season to come.  In some ways it feels nice to finish preparing a garden and feel like it is done and cross it off the list, though it is just the beginning of another transition.

Isis doing some hunting while I prune the raspberries

Isis doing some hunting while I prune the raspberries

Canning shelves ready for winter

Canning shelves ready for winter

 

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