We have a lot of digging to do to unearth the potatoes and carrots for winter storage. We try to leave them in the ground as long as possible as they are best stored there than anywhere else. After we dig the spuds, they will get put into boxes, which will be set on boards for air circulation, then slid into a dark cool corner of our garage. The carrots will be washed and bagged for the basement fridge, and some will be stored in sand in the garage as an experiment. The onions will hang in the garage.
Once everything is harvested, we'll set the hens loose each day in the garden to eat bugs and weeds for as long as they can stand the cold temps. We'll clean out the coop once more before winter sets in and spread all the straw and manure over the garden. Then we add BAGS and BAGS of dry leaves (collected from friends in the city) right before the snow starts to fall. All winter this mulch decomposes under the snow and creates lovely soil.
I promise, that on the day of the first real snowfall, I'm going to just SIT and be thankful for the rest :)