Downpour at the Hastings Garden

Hello fellow gardeners,

November is here––the sky is heavy with rain, the days are short, and cleaning out our beds at the Hastings garden feels like the last thing we want to do. Alas!

Here are a few garden updates for November:


Not that anyone has used the hoses in months, but there you have it: we've taken away all the hoses and shut off the system. You can expect the water to come back on in the spring!


I know, I know: this weather is really discouraging. But there are a lot of untended beds at the garden that need some love. Getting wet in the garden is half the fun, right?

We ask that each of you do your part to clear dead plants and put them in the compost. Once you've done so, spread a couple bucketfuls of leaves over top. Leaves are in a big pile in the middle of the garden. This is what a bed should look like over winter. It's a good idea to mulch in and around plants you wish to leave growing as well.

Please note that another component of putting your beds to rest is taking down and cleaning up whatever structures (trellises, hoop-houses, etc) you've added over the course of the growing season. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns about this.


It's a tad late in the season, but not quite too late for those interested in planting a cover crop in their beds. Cover crops (such as clover, alfalfa and certain grasses) are excellent ways to sink nutrients back into your soil during the gardening "off season." Here's an informative article ( from a great publication in the States called Modern Farmer.

And because it is so miserable out there, why not stay inside and make a pot of soup? Here's a great winter squash soup recipe from Smitten Kitchen ( .

Hope to see you out in your raincoats!


Garden Manager

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