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I'm realizing now I haven't talked much about my gardens this year. I assure you, I am still gardening! There are some things I learned that I will do better and some things I am thrilled with...just like any year with gardening. Always learning and growing.
This year I grew the very best array of cherry tomatoes.
Something enjoys ripe tomatoes in the garden, so I pick them just as they turn to finish ripening in my window. I have been getting perfect tomatoes this way, no blemishes!
We have had a steady stream of tomato sauces and salsas. No one is complaining...yet!
I think my favorite thing I grew this year was this mystery squash that came from the compost. It is basically the perfect squash ever. When small, it's like a zucchini, except its lighter in color so it's easier to pick. When it gets huge, it gets a hard outer shell like a winter squash, in which I can scoop the seeds and puree for a side dish or to make into pumpkin bread. I did both and they are so good! The bonus is it grows as a trailing squash, like pumpkins do, so it's been producing steadily all year. It is the very best all purpose squash!!! I saved some seeds, but don't have much hope that if I planted them it will be as perfect as this mystery variety has been.
Seed saving. I do a ton of seed saving. It takes up most of my fall. I actually bought seed envelopes last year, so they look all official stored in my library card catalog. Very little of what I grow comes from new seed packets.