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Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/4/2019, 3:56 pm

I guess I forgot to start a November thread!  

Just got in and about got blown away!  Windy!  Got all the beds cleaned out, and got one topped up.  Planted the garlic; trying a new variety, Georgian Fire!  And my tried and true German Extra Hardy.  Both hardneck, cold tolerant, and I love the scapes almost as much as the bulbs!  

I don’t have anything out there right now, will wai until early spring to start up, and take a breather...
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Post  OhioGardener on 11/4/2019, 6:32 pm

While coming home this evening I noticed a neighbor that was raking their leaves and piling them on a huge tarp. I stopped and asked what they were going to do with them, and was told they were going to burn them. I asked them if I could have them instead of them burning them. They were happy to get rid of them, so we grabbed some trash bags and packed them full of leaves. Came home with 8 35-gallon bags packed full of leaves. Tomorrow, after the snow stops, I'll set up a wire compost bin and fill it with layers of leaves and coffee grounds to compost over the winter. What a shame it would be to burn all of those wonderful leaves!

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Post  countrynaturals on 11/4/2019, 6:38 pm

@OhioGardener wrote:While coming home this evening I noticed a neighbor that was raking their leaves and piling them on a huge tarp. I stopped and asked what they were going to do with them, and was told they were going to burn them. I asked them if I could have them instead of them burning them. They were happy to get rid of them, so we grabbed some trash bags and packed them full of leaves. Came home with 8 35-gallon bags packed full of leaves. Tomorrow, after the snow stops, I'll set up a wire compost bin and fill it with layers of leaves and coffee grounds to compost over the winter. What a shame it would be to burn all of those wonderful leaves!

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/4/2019, 8:12 pm

Nice!  I am going to stuff my compost bin flush with leaves...lots to go around!
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Post  OhioGardener on 11/6/2019, 5:00 pm

The leaves are in their winter home, ready to start composting.  I will get about that many more leaves early next week, so I'll have plenty of leaf mold developing.  I alternated layers of leaves, coffee grounds, and biochar to the bin, so they should compost nicely. Of course, the earthworms will find the mixture very tasty, too! Very Happy

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/6/2019, 9:36 pm

Nice!  My clean up crew came by today while I had a 12 hour day and vacuumed my yard!  Oh well...more will fall.  I think I will call them and have them dump a bagful into my bin next time!
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Post  OhioGardener on 11/7/2019, 7:29 am

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Nice!  My clean up crew came by today while I had a 12 hour day and vacuumed my yard!  Oh well...more will fall.  I think I will call them and have them dump a bagful into my bin next time!

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We live in a rural area, and very few people rake their yards - they just mulch the leaves into  the grass like we do. But, there are a few that rake them, and are happy to get rid of them.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/8/2019, 6:51 pm

Yes!  However, my big maples (which were the bulk of the leaves that were vac’d) had a fungus on them so not suitable to compost anyways....I just thought I would get a chance to get the birch leaves before they did!  

My fault...
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/10/2019, 4:31 pm

Well, official.  Planters in, pool stuff downstairs.  Furniture also in the basement.  Grill and camp stove covered....

Making chili and cornbread with my peppers, both green and jalapeños!  And garlic.  Nice out now, snow tomorrow?  That’s what they are saying anyways!
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Post  OhioGardener on 11/18/2019, 5:56 pm

The raised beds are all ready for the long winter.  The ones that didn't get the cover crop planted on have been mulched with leaves so they can compost down over the winter.

Some of the beds have Winter Rye (Cereal Rye) and Hairy Vetch cover crop growin in them. The ones that had crops until it was too late for the cover crop are now covered with leaves. The earthworms will have a lot of fun under there.  Very Happy
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On the bed in the back is the Cold Frame that has Spinach, Radishes, and Lettuce growning in it. The round bed to the right has Rhubarb in it.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/18/2019, 8:01 pm

Nice!  Do your leaves cook down over winter, or are they still there to be incorporated in spring?  I have never done that with my leaves...
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Post  OhioGardener on 11/18/2019, 8:19 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Nice!  Do your leaves cook down over winter, or are they still there to be incorporated in spring?  I have never done that with my leaves...

Yes, they will largely decompose over the winter into rich leaf mold, with the help of lots of microbes and earthworms. They insulate the soil so much that the worms are able to remain active throughout the winter months. By spring those leaves will be decomposed down to an inch or less of mulch, which I will plant through.
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Post  OhioGardener on 11/19/2019, 5:06 pm

@OhioGardener wrote:The leaves are in their winter home, ready to start composting.  I will get about that many more leaves early next week, so I'll have plenty of leaf mold developing.  I alternated layers of leaves, coffee grounds, and biochar to the bin, so they should compost nicely. Of course, the earthworms will find the mixture very tasty, too! Very Happy

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The leaves that I put in their compost bin on Nov 6th have already decomposed to approximately 1/2 their original height, so I thought I'd take their temperature to see how they're doing internally.  The compost thermometer shows the middle of the pile of leaves are 129ºF, which is very good considering the outside temp is in the 30's. Looking forward to some good leaf mold for next spring's gardens.  Now, I need more leaves....

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/20/2019, 6:26 pm

Wow!  I need to do that!  That’s amazing, OG.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/27/2019, 6:11 pm

Windy and colder here moving towards Thanksgiving!  I can’t wait to enjoy a nice family day with no other focus but loved ones and the once/year food!  

No plans other than Thanksgiving with the immediate family, I have received 2 seed catalogs (yay) which is exciting!!!!Will save them for the winter doldrums after the entire holiday season.
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Post  countrynaturals on 11/27/2019, 7:05 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Windy and colder here moving towards Thanksgiving!  I can’t wait to enjoy a nice family day with no other focus but loved ones and the once/year food!  

No plans other than Thanksgiving with the immediate family, I have received 2 seed catalogs (yay) which is exciting!!!!Will save them for the winter doldrums after the entire holiday season.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/30/2019, 12:28 pm

Just ordered my first seeds for 2020!  Pinetree has 15% off Black Friday special!  A poblano (Ancho), true charentais melon, and a variety of sunflowers!  YAY!
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Post  nrstooge Yesterday at 10:03 pm

I have a row cover over my planter (patio planter) and the mache, claytonia, kale, etc are still growing.  Now.. we have had a few snows, but it hasn't stayed around and we have had warmer than normal temps this last few weeks.  Either way.. still nice to see green.
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Post  Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 11:02 pm

Agree, nrstooge, the only one of those I have grown is the mache.  It doesn’t really grow here during the winter, but it is alive!  

I have never grown the other leaves...keep us posted? !  

Here, ate a nice frozen Unstuffed Pepper Casserole for supper!  Have lots of peppers frozen...

For lunch, had 5 sweet pickle slices (yeah, I was hungry!). But they were really good!
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