The lettuce I planted in late September has gotten full enough to harvest. This crop is a little bit of a surprise since the temperature has dropped a couple of nights below freezing and I found the seed packets in the garage from a couple of years ago. I guess the theory that seeds have to be bought fresh each year is another myth.
For anyone living south enough not to have already had four feet of snow now is usually the latest that garlic and onions can be planted. This is also the time to mulch plants and compost the garden. I usually just mow up leaves and then dump the clippings around the plants as mulch. The leaf matter protects the roots and fertilizes the soil all at the same time. Anyway, it beats dumping them in garbage bags to haul off to the landfill.