I am extremely resistant to yielding to winter in the garden. In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re still picking summer crops. I used an old king-sized mattress cover for moving to protect my teepee, this year laden with trombetta squash and armenian cucumbers. We picked several pounds after the first frost.
Sadly, a wind storm last week ripped off the plastic and collapsed the teepee. I haven’t given up on everything else, though. Last weekend was the real test, when temperatures plunged into the lower twenties. Everything that stayed covered survived. Tomorrow night, we’re expecting more freezing temperatures, but I’ve tucked in the garden and hope that it stays that way. If so, we’ll keep harvesting for a few more weeks.
How do you let go of your garden as winter comes? Do you have a ritual of putting the garden in hibernation? Are you like me, trying to get that last tomato to ripen?
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