The frost has hit and the squash is done. Sadness creeps into the picture as one looks around at the dying plants. The sqash was commanding the garden mere days ago, but its leaves are now turning a sickly dark color. The frost sneaks in and kills quickly, just as quickly as the early morning sun whisks it away.
While we are short some squash patches, we have gained some pig areas. The hogs have been moved into the garden and will be rotated throughout in order to clean, till, and manure the spaces that will hold next Spring and Summer's crops.
Even though the entire garden is fenced in, we set up some movable hog panels (16 foot long rigid fence sections) to encourage the pigs to keep to a specific area as they work. We have many crops remaining that do not need the help of the pigs at this time. They might like the strawberry patch or the kale rows, but we do too! Pigs keep out, please...
We'll let them work their wonders in the squash patch, then move them through the corn and other crop areas in the coming weeks.
Did I mention that they work for free?