I also ripped all the old plants out and laid straw on top of the beds so that they are prepared for winter. We had our killing frost and the peppers and scarlet runners were very sorry looking indeed. I think I was supposed to allow the beans to dry on the vine, but only two of them did. So I may have to lay them out and let them air dry before opening them up and storing them. If there is something else needed, then you can comment below. I also harvested several of the herbs and bundled them to be dried from the basement rafters. I had planned to make some tea mixes with those; lavender, stevia, chamomile and lemon verbena. It will be several weeks until they are dried enough to do that, though.
So the end of another growing season has come. I am very pleased with the raised beds this year and know that I will have fun planning where things will be growing in the next season. Meanwhile, I have things in the cold frame that I can concentrate on in the coming winter months.