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November 7, 2021

notes from the garden: november 2021
posted by soe 1:05 am

November Gardening

I spent a pleasant period of time in the garden this afternoon. Despite all the leaves on the ground, I still have lots growing. I’d been worried that the frost in other areas of the District earlier this week would bode poorly for my garden, which I’d left to battle the cold on its own. My garden is tucked alongside woods, which lead down to a creek, so it’s a little more insulated against the cold than other places.

As you can see, the garden held its own. The herbs my mother sent down last month to winter in warmer climes all survived, including the lavenders that were still in pots (I put the smaller one into the ground today) and the basil, which would have been the first to shrivel had winter’s tendrils wended its way into my plot.

November Gardening

There are still tomatoes and cayenne peppers on the vine, as well as one or two of the tiny second crop of tomatillos that grew started appearing in September.

I’ve also got some ground crops — kale and lettuce and sorrel, as well as my three-season rainbow chard.

November Gardening

And while many of my flowers are past, the pansies have rallied in amongst the strawberry plants to keep some color on that side of the garden, while the lantana has had at least three rounds of blooms since I planted it this summer.

It’s been a good year in the garden, and I’m hopeful I’ll get another few weeks out of it yet.

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