The garden is winding down. Yesterday afternoon and evening, Lovana helped me begin the clean-up job. She pulled out the tomato cages. I picked the last remaining vegetables off of dying bushes. There is much more to do, but we got a good start before it became so dark we could not see any more.
I have several large raised beds. I have a large portion of the garden that is able to be tilled. About 1/3 of the fenced area is in berries, which are permanent. I was able to get a start on cleaning out the raised beds last evening. After I clean out the old plants, I will put compost on the emptied beds. In one bed, I have some leeks, spinach, peas and chard, which I will leave in for the winter. There are also 2-3 plants of overwintering broccoli.
I was able to get butternut squash, a few zucchini, peppers, and cucumbers. More tomatoes are ripening daily and there are many squashes that will be good for many months. It was an extra-long growing season this year and I feel very blessed for all the wonderful produce we have harvested.