Though we did have some cold windy weather and deep frosts, our first two November weekends have been clear and sunny. Perfect for wrapping things up in the garden! At our new house, we had part of our field tilled, hoed rows, and spread straw on top of everything. We’re hoping that the garden will be in good shape for a first planting in the spring. No doubt we’ll have lots of grass weeding ahead of us, but we’re off to a good start!
This past weekend I finally had time to turn our end-of-season harvests of kohlrabi, cabbage, and carrots into pickles, sauerkraut, and kimchi. I was excited to be able to use Vermont-grown ginger for the first time in my kimchi! Maybe I’ll have to add it to our crop list next year. I happily pounded away at the sliced cabbage with my new tamper and smasher: happy results of my dad’s recent experimentation on his new lathe. Finally, in a team effort, we erected a fence around our new garden to deter the rabbits and herds of deer that pass through our land on their way from Mt. Philo to Lewis Creek. It feels good to have all of our outdoor chores crossed off the list. Bring on the snow – I’m ready for sledding season to start on our sunny slope of Mt. Philo!