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Good going Chris.
I need to harvest my sweet potatoes and squash today, as freezing weather is forecast for tonight and the rest of the week. The first frost was about a week ago. It got down to about 31° F. I think that's the latest first frost for quite a few years.
It's probably a good idea to harvest my muskmelon and watermelon also. I was surprised last week when the frost didn't do anything to them. Probably because they're on the south side of the house, and the sun probably heats the cement wall of my house on that side, and keeps them warm all night.
Daniel, thanks. that makes sense.
Our sunset tonight was the prettiest I think have ever seen. The trees, yellow and red, seemed to reflect onto the clouds. It was a yellow and red moment. Even the air felt colored. It gave me a bit of thrill.
On the Newport Weather Wonderground, starting on Nov 11, 2015 starts using the word "Record". Does that mean expected record weather for the second half of November?
Daniel, your sunroom is such a beautiful room and view. I forget, do you have heat there? Are you able to sit there comfortably throughout the winter? Do Baigou and Charlie like to be there? Thanks for the November weather calendar for your area. What does the word "Record" indicate?
Chris, I have been thinking of you and your garden this week. Sorry to read that walking causes you problems. Winterizing is bad enough without having that burden. You have a right to be proud!
Randy, do you have help from the younger generations for the heavy stuff?
A badly needed gentle rain occurred the past few days here in Spokane. I spent a lovely week in the deciduous garden with all its colors and return tonight to the coniferous colors.
Baigou White French Poodle Charlie Black French Poodle
Good for you, Chris! It doesn't matter how big or small a garden is. It's the doing and good feeling it brings. Personally, I have a lot of work to do in my garden. Details later.
Yesterday I cleared old stuff from my roof garden, planted garlic, spread home made compost and a layer of peat. I'm very proud because it's hard to do when I walk so badly.
Worms! Worms! Wonderful Worms! They work and do all the work, all I have to do is give them enough food and water to keep them healthy, eating, pooping, and reproducing.
I ate one sweet potato last night, and it seemed just fine. I think the frozen vine thing is a myth. I should google it. After I dig them all up, I'll put the garden to rest. Brocolli and chard may survive 'til T-giving.
Glad I don't have deer trouble like you two, Joan and Daniel. Just voles, rabbits, moles, and 'coons. That's enough!
I have salad making things we harvest every day for our evening meal, and await the development of beets, tomatoes, squash, and beans. Early next spring I will start some vegetables, fruits, and long season plants to be transplanted into the raised beds in the meadow to the west of my bedroom window. Sometime between now and next spring I will have a deer fence built. Travis does all the heavy stuff I can't do.
The Western Larch just began their transformation from green to yellow. There is one I can see out my western window and a whole grove of them I see out my north window. STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL!
Just outside my west window grows a red fir in which I placed bird feeders and water. Watching the blue jays, woodpeckers, chickadees feed and scratch the soil under the tree offers great moments of quiet observation.
Oh, I'm so saddened. We had a very hard freeze while I was gone to California. Before I left, they said "light frost possible". I didn't have any chance to protect my sensitive garden plants. Consequently, I lost all my tomatoes and peppers. Worse yet, my sweet potato vines are black. They say it affects the actual potatoes. I've never tested that threat, but I'm about to! We just need a rain to soften the ground so I can dig them up.
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