We have had some pretty mild weather for October in Wisconsin; I mean here we are nearly Halloween and NO SNOW in the 10 day forecast! I have a love/hate relationship with fall. I love the crisp air and cooler temps; I hate the rainy, drizzly days when the endless winter seems upon us. I love picking apples and watching other people rake leaves (haha my old Rothschild neighbors!); I hate thinking about Christmas. I love that my messy weedy garden can be tilled under; I hate saying goodbye to all those great (free) veggies.
I have an experiment going on out in the garden which will hopefully chase away some of my fall veggies blues! I cobbled together a mini-hot house to grow baby greens. Just enough protection to extend the season a bit further. Two repurposed shower doors leaning together over the row and 2 old bales of straw at the ends. When the nights get <28 degrees I throw the cushions from our fire pit glider over the glass. Viola baby greens in October (and November?)
When the nights get too cold for the hot-house I will start microgreens on my window sills (see here for more info). Depending on how it goes I may just grow some for the hens too, lord knows I have enough sill space on the south of our house and the hens will thrive with extra greens.