Worked for nearly 6 hours in two days on the garden. The soil was worse than I thought. Time for raised beds. Bright and early, in the freezing Oregon morning, I went to get lumber and soil and started on my beds. I got two beds put together and started a compost area. In one of the beds I planted garlic, and will hopefully plant kale or spinach as a companion. The other bed I just sprinkled my cover crop over top.
In my raised beds I mixed two bags soil, one bag manure, and one big pile of leaf mulch with the existing dirt. Hopefully my dirt will be soil soon. I think I will do about 5 raised and supported beds and then have an area for climbing for peas and vines.
Other than preparing my beds for winter, I have also been taking my garden vegetables and local finds and winterizing them. Because I do not have the machinery or room for canning, freezing has been my method. I have blueberries, carrots, chard, and tomatoes frozen right now. I need a big freezer!
There are many winter recipes I hope to try out soon. Soups, and breads, and cakes, oh my. A couple I hope to add to my cookbook are: beet and apple soup with horseradish cream, potatoe and broccoli soup with winter greens, and pumpkin soup with spiced croutons. Excited for my first local healthy winter!