Dateline: 21 November 2016
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We have had some gloriously pleasant November weather here in the Finger Lakes region of New York state. Two days ago I was up on my roof and snapped the above picture of my garden.
I was putting shredded leaves on some of the beds, thus the tarp with leaves in the foreground. Several of the raised beds on the right side of the garden are green with cover crops of oats and mustard. There are two beds of carrots (which I have since harvested).
On the left side of the garden you can see the layout of 30" x 30" garden beds in black plastic. That's my latest gardening idea, and you'll probably see more pictures of those beds here next year. I wish I had time to get cover crops planted in those experimental beds, but it was all I could do to just get them in place, all ready for planting next spring. Here's a ground view of the square-framed beds...
Those beds have all had shredded leaves hoed into the top couple of inches of soil, and were then topped off with at least a couple inches of shredded leaves. I'll be interested to see if there is much decomposition of the leaves by spring. With a good layer of snow over the garden, I understand that earthworms and other soil biology remain active through the winter months.
And speaking of winter, I snapped this picture of my garden (not from the roof) earlier today...
Winter has finally come to Upland.