Getting the Garden Ready for Winter

I know mid November, crazy talk

I know mid November, crazy talk

This weekend I pulled the last of the jalapenos, green peppers, basil and gasp … green tomatoes. Yes, we had tomatoes grow all the way through the end of October. It has been a weird year.

The turnips are doing great, and next year I intend to plant two batches instead of one. The greens are producing more than enough to eat as I thin the plants for the roots to take hold over winter. All things look towards a heavy turnip harvest in the spring.

I prepped the soil and pruned the garlic, carrots and in another week will cut back all the spices for the winter. I also hacked back the last of the mint for the season and made another batch of creme de menthe. I am planning for a rough winter to follow this very wet and mild summer and will be mulching the winter plants with a mix of ground leaves and compost. I may have to also cover the ground with plastic, only time will tell.

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This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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12 Responses to Getting the Garden Ready for Winter

  1. Misky says:

    Greg, do your jalapeño peppers turn red if allowed to sit on the vine (to ripen?), or do they always remain green? >

  2. Karen says:

    It sounds like you had a successful garden this year…that is great. This has been such a strange year in my garden. I have a pepper plant that has blossoms on it even though it has gone through several frosts and we may get snow later this week. 😀

  3. I’ve still got red tomatoes growing and growing here in Indy, and at almost Halloween. It’s a long, warm start to Fall here! I think next year I’ll plant about half as many tomatoes!

  4. Eva Taylor says:

    You surely do have a green thumb! Not entirely sure how you can stomach Creme de Menthe though!

  5. Caroline says:

    I’m jealous of all of those jalapenos!!!! I wish I had somewhere to grow them.

  6. ChgoJohn says:

    You certainly had a great year in the garden, Greg. Mine was anything but. Lucky I’ve farmers markets nearby.

  7. Last summer was definitely wet but please don’t mention a bad winter. Last year was bad enough I need a break lol.

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