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Comment by Don Reeves z7, TN on November 8, 2014 at 9:27am

November is a busy month for me in my suburban garden.  Our first frost in Nashville, TN, on 11-1-14, ended the fall supply of vine ripened tomatoes.  I picked the green tomatoes earlier and let them ripen in my basement.   I dug and am now curing my sweet potatoes, just in time for Thanksgiving.  I am removing the tomato cages and storing for next year.  I am setting up cold frames for the small spot of spinach, collard greens, kale and turnip greens that are only about three inches tall now.  My elephant garlic averages one foot tall.  This is a great time to bury the tips of Triple Crown thorn less blackberries to start a new area to grow or to give away.  My Joan J raspberries survived the frost and are still producing.  I just picked the last of my Tahitian squash. Perhaps,  I will thin out my “Sweet Charlie” strawberries and start a new bed.  I am drying out heirloom seeds that I will save for next year.  The saved seeds  include Truckers yellow corn,  Cherokee black beans , Tahitian squash,  moon and stars watermelon, etc.  There are still a few muscadines to be collected from the "Late Fry" variety.  Since my  fennel  went to seed, I am spreading those seeds to new  areas. I am saving Hummingbird vine seeds to spread these seeds by the fence line around the back yard.  Has anyone saved with success sweet basil seed?  This is the time of year that I wrap the trunks of young fruit and nut trees so that rabbits and mice do not chew on the bark.  I usually bring in a pickup truck load of horse manure to compost for next spring.  I wish I had friends with milk cows to give them the corn fodder for winter.  There are still some more  dried Cherokee black beans to be picked and saved for my next trip to Haiti, to assist orphanages to have a fresh garden of their own, located in Port-au-Prince.  Well, that should keep me buzy!

Comment by Vicky Myers on November 7, 2014 at 1:31am

Well blankity blankity blank!!!!!! Freezing by tomorrow night, the rains left, clear skies and cold coming in. grrrrrrr! I HATE WINTER!Darker days, shivering, having to wear lots of layers, GRRRRRRRR! I was hot while working indoors today, glad to get outside to clean off their pool/patio area. But nasty windy, 16 mph winds now 1-2 mph tomorrow and upper 50s then down to 30s. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Guess I'll have to throw sheets/blankets something over the pots when I get back home. Don't know if I will try to set up the old greenhouse since it didn't do very well last year. Unless I can figure out a better way.

Comment by Vicky Myers on November 6, 2014 at 10:23pm

I see a full moon out there do your transplanting and plant your root crops. Windy here. I'm working for pay this week and had to put the vac and the car in the shop this week. Since I'm not home no gardening going on. Grrrrrr! Pulled my tom before I left. Things still growing in the pots. Leaf miners still after it, they seem to like beets but leave the lettuce alone, in some of the spinach.

Comment by William Brooks Zone 7/OK on November 6, 2014 at 9:19am

I saved the garden from a freeze over the week end but on the 12th we will be down in the 20's and that will kill every thing outside. I will be picking green tomatoes this weekend. All the peppers are picked and the leaves are going to the worm bed. I have my netting I started laying down to keep the cats out of my beds. I put my fig tree on wheels to move it around so it's ready to go into the garage. I have a few things to do outside yet so I better get going and get them done. Bob if you are reading the cold weather is heading down Florida way as well.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on November 6, 2014 at 5:31am

Going to dig some spuds tomorrow and see if they are ready.

The tops are starting to die, so I think they are and I have run out in the kitchen.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on November 6, 2014 at 5:27am

My veggie is all go now, growing well, but not producing anything yet.

I,ve got corn, zucchini , butter beans all up now. Snow peas have gone mad under shade clothe but no pea pods yet. Chinese cabbage is hearting, I didn,t think it was going too. It lay flat for a long time and then all of a sudden its closed up. I have tomato plants growing from last years seeds and ready to trans plant next to a stake.

The farmers are right into cutting hay and the hay fever is bad, like it always is at this time of year. 

We have had a couple of hot strong north wind days and already about 6 fires in the state the other day, not bad ones but its a bit early. So the signs for a bad fire season are there already.

Catch you all later.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on November 6, 2014 at 5:14am

LOL, Vicky, yes winter is on its way for you and you have lots of fields around. So the mice could be moving indoors. Set those traps. Those dame birds, run around like a mad women and whack them with a broom. I hope you manage to keep warm during winter. Its good that people are helping you with stuff. Gosh you have only been there about 6 months not even that, wait till this time next year, you will have heaps done.

Comment by Vicky Myers on November 3, 2014 at 2:17am

I'm surprised we aren't freezing here yet, usually by 31st. Still kinda nice here for some reason. Hope we have a mild winter except for bugs next year. My toms are still hanging in out there looks like I can pick some more. The birds are still driving me crazy here pecking at my house and they are getting into the house somewhere. I closed the bedroom door on one need to deal with it. Chased an other one out the other day as it was bashing into the picture window and my house plants trying to get out. Got a fellow helping me board up their holes and spray some paint on the house. Dang it there were 3 of them pecking at the house today. My house stinks too not sure if birds, mice or what the heck needs to get out of here. Wish I could just burn this place down and build a new one but no $.

Comment by Don Reeves z7, TN on November 2, 2014 at 5:38pm

  I picked my green tomatoes before the first frost, here in Middle Tennessee.

Comment by Vicky Myers on October 29, 2014 at 5:35am

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