Cooler weather means that the growing season is over - or is it? There is still a whole lot of good weather to grow a winter garden, or at the very least, some cover crops.
Garden experiments are always happening; it's important to keep track of what works, and what you can change next year.
Tomatoes are the most often grown crop - but quite often, they don't have time to ripen. As long as the fruit are full size, you can still get a crop - see how to ripen green tomatoes here;
Fall is also the perfect time to start a hot compost.
In cold climate areas, it's important for the compost to get a jump on winter, and if it's hot, it takes longer to cool off, therefore working and creating the crucial black gold for next year;
If you've grown garlic, you can sort the cloves into those that are edible now (any damaged or mishapen) those for storing (consistent, uniformly sized that can be braided for hanging in a cool dry place) and those that are good for seed (large bulbs with lots of good sized cloves).
The seed of hardneck varieties should be planted in the fall to establish their roots in the cooler autumn weather.
I hope you've enjoyed this issue of Out in the O-Garden Newsletter. Stay tuned for more next month. See you then!