|Brussels sprouts forming in each stem node|
The mornings are getting frosty now; at our location, first frost came on October 21 – in some places we saw freezing fog hovering over low areas. But the 30th was our first official freeze at 30 degrees F, signaling the end of the growing season for any tender vegetation. What a difference seven days has made for the annual foliage show! We are near peak with good autumn weather in the forecast, so those red, orange, and golden streamers should hold on for a while yet even as the most stubborn green oaks turn and join the show.
Our cold-weather crops seem to be unaffected and are increasing in size; cabbage will tolerate a normal frost but will not last when temperatures dip into the 20’s F. Brussels sprouts are on schedule for a Christmas first harvest. We have a good stand of red clover which we are using as a cover crop for next year’s corn.
|A good stand of red clover will make a great green manure |
crop for corn next growing season.
|Our Fall/Winter garden; the open space is saved for spinach and peas next Spring.|