The weather is steadily getting cooler though the temperatures are still quite good for us veggie growers. The temperature has been cool enough that many of the sensitive plants such as tomato, cucumber and the zucchinis are no longer producing much. The shorter day length, dark ’til past 6 in the morning and dark again near 7 in the evening, are not the best for many of these same veggies. We did have a fairly heavy frost last night and will have again tonight. Those cool and frost sensitive vegetables are pretty much done, but we won’t really know for sure for two or three days after which the full extent of the damage will be quite apparent.
We would like to continue the CSA veggie pickups until November but that will depend on what vegetables we still have available. For a while we will still have all the salad and stir fry greens, things like Mizuna, Lettuce, Bok Choi, Arugula, Kale etc., Kale to mid winter at least, and we should have radishes and turnips soon so long as the weather is mostly sunny and nights are not too much below 10C.
The Horses, cows and sheep have their warm winter coats so they will like the cool autumn as there are no longer any flies and other bothersome insects. Chickens would rather it be warm but they’ll be just fine, especially when they can find a spot in the sun against a wall out of any wind. Ducks always seem to be impervious to the cold, being out in the worst blizzards with beaks tucked up under a wing and a beady eye keeping watch. The two young peafowl will also be alright even in the worst of our cold fall and winter so long as they have a shelter out of the wind and rain.
Such a nice day today and it will warm a bit. Happy Thanksgiving!