Frost, finally!

Nearly the end of November and only today did we get a real frost. Still only -1C which is warmer than we would usually expect this time of year, but hopefully enough to slow down the rampant snail, hornet and other bug damage in the garden and hives.

This week I finished the last picking and preserving.

My shelves in the cave (cellar) are full!

I have now started winter preparation in the potager – thick layers of manure on all the beds.

Pumpkin patch manured and covered in black plastic to slow weed growth and warm up the soil come spring.

I love the crisp cold mornings as the sun hits the frozen plants

It still amazes me how lettuce freezes, then defrosts without losing its crunch.
The ice on the edge of the parsley leaves is beautiful
The brassicas (purple sprouting broccoli in the foreground) thrive in cold conditions.
A peek under the fleece reveals peas sprouting well
And broad beans too!

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