Two of the heirloom tomatoes that I grew this year are on my list for seed saving: The “Riesentraube” and “Big Rainbow.”
I grew “Rattail” radishes for the first time this year.
This is a variety that was grown mainly for it’s pods, which have a radishy flavor and bite, and are fun to add to salads - I pickled some of them! The flowers were sweet - a beautiful color and attracted attention of bees and other admirers.
The nice thing about "Purple Ruffles" basil is that it didn’t bolt and flower like the Genovese- at least not yet!
Pineapple Mint went a bit crazy in the community garden plot. I cut it back many times. The flavor is perfect in iced tea and lemonade. Love the look of it in bouquets too.
My little fig tree on the deck gave me about 30 figs. I have another one growing on the side of the house with lots of foliage but very few figs – they’re still ripening.
My new favorite weed is Wild Quinine. It’s blooming everywhere now and I’ve decided to cultivate it in my flower patch because it's one of the few wildflowers that hasn't been chomped on. The flowers are delicate with little spikes and it smells wonderful. Lots of medicinal uses.
A sunny third plot graciously provided by a friend with extra space enabled me to grow some cantaloupe, watermelons and squash – things I would never have had space for in the community garden. (They surely wouldn’t have produced in my shady backyard.) I also planted zucchini, yellow squash and cucumbers there. The “Sugar Baby” watermelon was most successful.
The vines seemed to be resistant to the squash bugs, too. Butternut squash also did very well there. One of our traditional Thanksgiving dishes is a Butternut Squash Risotto. It's curing now and I’ll be prepping and freezing it for the November feast.
What plants did best in your garden this year?