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Post  Ginger Blue on 11/1/2016, 8:44 pm

I can't believe it's NOVEMBER, already. Where has the year gone???  And, do I really have the honor of starting the November thread? Very Happy

The holidays are upon us! hyper Leaves are still falling and there's a serious chill in the air - no snow in our yard, yet, but I know it's coming.

I raked leaves and planted potatoes today (put 'em in containers, to be well-mulched and stored under the deck during winter). Still waiting for seed garlic to be delivered, a few days later than planned. Tomorrow I'll prep the soil and plant the shallots, then add the garlic when it arrives.  Not sure if this is a case of "better late, than never." We'll see if it all survives...

A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that the potted heirloom tomatoes I lamented over summer have finally started blooming. Shocked thinking  Go figure!!!  I ditched my plans to compost the vines and moved them into my sun-room, where they'll stay until they fail, or next spring, whichever comes first. I give up!

Nearly all the cherry tomatoes I harvested before first frost have ripened in trays on the dining room table.  Such a pleasant surprise!  The little gems are too acidic to snack on, but we enjoy them daily in salads and side dishes.

This coming weekend, DH and I will take down the trellises I used for summer crops and decomission the borrowed pumpkin plot in our neighbor's yard.  Hoping that next year we'll set them up in a more permanent arrangement (on new property of our own), and the grand experiment will continue! What a Face

I'm about ready to stop digging in the dirt for a while, to take up winter reading and perusing seed catalogs while sitting by a roaring fire and sipping hot cocoa...
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/1/2016, 9:01 pm

Planting my garlic this weekend.  Fingers crossed that whatever happened to last year's crop doesn't repeat!
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Post  bigdogrock on 11/1/2016, 9:15 pm

Nice November intro GB! I will jump in when I get more than a few minutes. I'm workin' a lot of hours. I do enjoy reading everyone's posts. Hey TD, put up a pic of your garden now, I am curious, I bet it is still a fab looking place.I hope I can get everybody to take pics of their wintering garden. It will give us all other ideas. I only have beets left to dig up, just about everything else is put to sleep for the winter, except my garlic bed which I hope to plant this weekend!
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Post  trolleydriver on 11/1/2016, 9:25 pm

@bigdogrock wrote:... Hey TD, put up a pic of your garden now, I am curious, I bet it is still a fab looking place. ...
Thanks for the compliment. Right now the garden looks pretty drab.

I'll try to do some photos and post them on the "Second Year SFG in Canada" thread.
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Post  bigdogrock on 11/2/2016, 6:43 pm

Thanks TD!
I will take some pics of mine, the way it is, then that will inspire me to clean it up even better and show what it looks like then.
On another positive note, I had cabbage for dinner tonight, from my garden! Not quite as big as a volley ball, but gettin' close.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/3/2016, 9:06 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Planting my garlic this weekend.  Fingers crossed that whatever happened to last year's crop doesn't repeat!
OK, here's the thing....we have not had a single hard freeze....I cannot do garlic yet.  I think I need to wait!  It is still warm!  I just got back from choir practice, and had no coat on!  

Gonna wait til a killing frost for the garlic.  Lost all mine last year because of the weirdly warm November.....
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Post  CapeCoddess on 11/4/2016, 10:12 am

thinking   hmm...
I'm not sure that garlic cares about warm Novembers, SR.  I don't usually get a killing frost until closer to Dec.  Can you put in just a couple now, maybe one of each variety, and the rest after the frost, for an experiment?  To me, them rotting away seems like too much water, not temp related.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/5/2016, 8:30 pm

Yes, I am gonna plant tomorrow.  But gonna get some chicken wire from TSC.  Might have been squirrels, but no real evidence of digging.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 11/12/2016, 1:21 pm

Gorgeous weekend here on the Cape! We're just passing peak  fall color now and getting lots of leaves for the compost pile.

Had the most delicious Delicata squash yesterday. Even though they always get hit by the Squash Vine borer I couldn't resist saving these healthy fat seeds from this one. New England, November 2016 Img_2013

Today's Harvest of mustard spinach and kale along with some counter ripened tomatoes.New England, November 2016 Img_2010

Even though The Knockout roses are still going, this Bonica was a surprise.  What a Face New England, November 2016 Img_2011

Three patio pots of this sweet geranium are still going strong.New England, November 2016 Img_2012

This year's little indoor garden has Stevia, upper right, parsley, Ginger, and basil. New England, November 2016 Img_2014
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Post  trolleydriver on 11/12/2016, 2:23 pm

Really nice CC
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 11/14/2016, 7:40 am

Love the colors on the Bionica & sweet geranium...
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Post  countrynaturals on 11/14/2016, 10:34 am

Love your indoor garden, CC.  I love you
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Post  sanderson on 11/14/2016, 3:05 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:Love your indoor garden, CC.  I love you
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Post  CapeCoddess on 11/24/2016, 1:26 pm

The garlic I planted Halloween weekend has sprouted! Very Happy

Second to last batch of counter ripened cherry tomatoes. New England, November 2016 Img_2016

Still eating lots of greens daily!
The weather is cold and cloudy today so I won't be able to get out into the garden to start cleanup. Maybe tomorrow or Saturday.

I dried some tromboncino squash seeds the other day but they look so puny. I'm hoping the last squash that's down in the basement will have healthier looking seeds. It's the one I saved that purpose.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
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Post  CapeCoddess on 11/25/2016, 8:56 am

AAAaaaack!!! affraid  Aphids and powdery mildew on the greens!!!
You'd think since we already had a frost these things would be gone. But noooooo. Good thing the garden hose is still out so I can blast them.

Today's Slim Pickens - dwarf kale, lettuce, Dino kale and mustard spinach. New England, November 2016 Img_2017

I also brought in half a dozen cherry tomatoes that I never thought would blush up but did.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 11/25/2016, 3:08 pm

Even though all the leaves off the trees Bonica refuses to give up...as do the geraniums in the background. New England, November 2016 Img_2020
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Post  trolleydriver on 11/25/2016, 3:28 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Even though all the leaves off the trees Bonica refuses to give up...as do the geraniums in the background. New England, November 2016 Img_2020

CC ... That is gorgeous.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 11/25/2016, 5:16 pm

I agree, TD. CC, that's one gorgeous rose! And pretty geraniums in the background too!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/25/2016, 9:37 pm

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@CapeCoddess wrote:AAAaaaack!!! affraid  Aphids and powdery mildew on the greens!!!
You'd think since we already had a frost these things would be gone. But noooooo. Good thing the garden hose is still out so I can blast them.

Today's Slim Pickens - dwarf kale, lettuce, Dino kale and mustard spinach. New England, November 2016 Img_2017

I also brought in half a dozen cherry tomatoes that I never thought would blush up but did.
Gorgeous!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/25/2016, 9:38 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Even though all the leaves off the trees Bonica refuses to give up...as do the geraniums in the background. New England, November 2016 Img_2020
Holy cow!  Also gorgeous!
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