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I got busy digging the last garden circle. This is the fenced-in garden protected from the deer and rabbits. We still have two kinds of kale and broccoli there that should hold fine until christmas.

First, I had to drain the area after all the recent rain and wet snow, connecting it to the drainage I did earlier. My new drainage system works great, so I could soon get to work turning the dirt over, preparing it for next years crop of brassica, chards, leeks etc. Things the wildlife can’t resist.

It must look pretty crazy digging in the fresh snow, but I’ve been waiting for this weather (either frost or snow), so that I don’t have to fight the mud as much. At the end of the day I had most of the area done. I can easily finish it tomorrow.

Then I’ll be satisfied for this season. But if it warms up again, there are plenty more digging projects I could work on. Otherwise I’ll take it easy, do some skiing, work on garden art, do a lot of food processing and such for the rest of the winter.

The dirt in one crop circle is now dug and turned over. The sunflowers are left for the birds. I feel quite satisfied.

Some people think this looks naked – that the ground should always be covered, but it doesn’t bother me. I like the tilth that comes from the clay freezing. This garden, however, was so cleaned up before turning that I started to feel sorry for the worms.

So I raked up and threw out a couple of wheelbarrows of leaves for the worms. It looks kinda nice too.

The pumpkin patch – a picture from yesterday.

The pumpkins and maize are all harvested and put away. The vines and stalks are all cleaned out and put on the compost except for the sunflowers which remain for the birds. Now the digging for winter gets going.

We did have a powdering of snow last night and the ground is a bit frozen after several frosty nites and cold days, but it is still soft underneath and easy to dig. The boots and shovel don’t get caked in mud now either.

As I’ve said before, the digging is to turn over the clay soil, aerating it and exposing it to freezing which breaks down the structure of the clay making it more tillable. That is, the soil becomes easier to work with in the spring, has better drainage and is a better growing medium for the crops.

Next year this will be a vegetable patch and the pumpkin/maize/sunflower patch rotates to the next crop circle.