Just two months earlier, I couldn't see from one side of the MSG to the other; today, it looks almost as bare as it did last March. Many folks have cleaned up their plots in anticipation of the deadline of November 30, as set in the garden rules.
Earlier last week, as I was turning over the soil in my plot and wedging another 2-by-4 as a temporary measure to rein in the strawberries, Jonathan, another gardener, showed up to dig up his rosemary and bring it inside for the winter. He was curious about the red clover seeds I was spreading around where my vegetables and zinnias had grown. I'm experimenting with a ground cover this winter, partly to enhance the soil, but mainly to see if it can combat the seeding and growth of weeds that would impact next year's growing season.
I came back today to snap these photos. I had left half of my transplanted lettuce plants in an open spot in my perennials area. Apparently the freezing temperatures we had at least one night the week before did not kill them off. And though you can't see the thousands of tiny curly hairlike seedlings in this photo, the red clover is starting to germinate. However, I may clear some of it to make way for some of the 20 bulbs I have just received.