October in the Garden

As the end of October approaches, the garden has been more or less put to bed for the winter, but there’s still quite a bit growing.

The Friday before last a frost was predicted, so I went over to the garden and picked one last bouquet of flowers, big bunches of herbs, and most of the chard. I didn’t quite believe that we would really get a hard frost, but that night the temperature dipped down to 25 degrees.

The last of the chile peppers and beans and flowers were zapped, and even some of the kale had a little bit of frost damage. That weekend we finished clearing out the most of the beds, and prepared two big beds for garlic.

The garlic went in the ground last Wednesday, over 100 cloves of 4 different varieties. I may have gone a little bit overboard, but I don’t think you could ever have too much garlic. Maybe everyone will get garlic for Christmas next year.

Before the frost I put a row cover over the lettuce, and it’s nice and cozy under there. The lettuce didn’t seem to be bothered at all by the cold, and when I peeked under the fabric yesterday I couldn’t believe how much it had grown.

One of the new cold frames is in place over a bed of mustard greens, chard, tat soi, and carrots. The second cold frame isn’t quite ready yet, but when it’s finished it will go over another bed planted with lettuce, chard, arugula, spinach, and parsley. There’s also still plenty of kale and leeks, so I’m hoping we’ll be able to keep eating from the garden til it’s all buried in snow.

10 thoughts on “October in the Garden

  1. So jealous of your cold frames…I bought some a couple of years ago, and they got smashed in the winter winds…
    Trust me, you didn’t plant too much garlic. If you did both hard and softneck varieties and store them well, they’ll get you through til harvest comes back around :)

  2. I love your cold frames too; a great way to extend the season for greens! It was really fun having a look round at everything in your garden. I’m just about to put our garlic in too.

  3. everything looks great! i have to get some garlic going too…again, envious of your cold frames – haven’t found any at the dump yet (lots of other good stuff) – but I’ll keep looking…:)

  4. Love the cold frame – can’t wait for one myself. And after a summer of feeling like I wanted bigger yields from the garden I think I went overboard – 150 cloves! Hoping I’ll eventually figure out a happy medium in my garden :)

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