After several weeks away, I checked on the remaining plants in our borrowed garden bed.
The combination of snow, freezing, temperatures, and dry days finally did in the kale.
Surprisingly, the arugula is still alive. It must have been well-insulated beneath the snow.
I pulled the tomatillo plants several months ago, but many fruits, like the one above, were left behind.
The tomatillos decomposed on the ground and all that is left are the "skeletons" of the husks containing the seeds. I collected several of these convenient little packets and I will try to germinate the seeds this spring.
We still have loads of winter squash and I processed some of them yesterday.
I boiled some down for squash stock, baked some more and froze the puree, and cooked up a buttercup squash stew with chucks of fresh squash and a variety of vegetables we froze in the fall. So far, we have largely succeeded in our goal to refrain from out-of-state produce this winter.