November 2011 Gardening and Homesteading
November is a good month for garden clean-up, mulching and row covering fall/winter crops and building compost. Right now the compost building is the main event here. After Halloween pumpkins and hay become available for free if you're willing to seek them out. For me its meant forming an alliance with a local "pumpkin patch" fund raiser. I've been going by every few days and picking up unsalable pumpkins. Now that the sale is over I'm picking up whats left. It's a heck of a workout lol. The next phase is going around town and offering to pick up Halloween displays including haybales. I try to do this before it rains. Once the bales get waterlogged is too much for me to handle. Many of the "pumpkins" are winter squash and if I store them in a cool dry place they last for a few months! That's FOOD! I'll save seeds from the heirloom varieties to swap or plant for my own patch next year. Its a heck of a deal.
I will be on the lookout for bags of leaves next and the layering continues. By Spring I'll have some wonderful compost for the garden.
Life is short. Break the rules. Forgive quickly.
Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably,
and never regret anything that made you smile.
Women are Angels and when someone breaks our wings we simply continue to fly...on a broomstick. We are flexible like that