We expect things to get pretty cool in November. But, we don't usually expect the big chunk of cold we have gotten, with very little sun, since the last week plus in October. Sure, it happens. But, usually, we don't have to do some of the things we've had to do already this year until mid-November. Perhaps we took for granted the past four or five years where we didn't have to worry about temps in the lower teens until November 15. I guess it isn't that far from November 15 - so maybe we have no right to complain.
If you look carefully in the center of the picture, you'll see an overhead watering stand. Yes, that's a reminder that we had a dry patch and we were prepared to water to help the cover crops get started. Happily, it rained (just a little) right after we set up the sprinkler. Buckwheat and millet don't need much moisture to get going, so it worked out pretty well. Now that these plants are dead, we're just going to leave them on top of the soil for the Winter. This should help hold soil in place and it will allow them to break down naturally and feed our soil and the microbes in the soil.
The field has already changed dramatically. The cages for the tomatoes are down. The peppers and eggplant are pulled and piled so we can take the plant residue to Mount Evermess (our compost piles). Three beds for garlic are tilled and one and a half are planted.