Now that autumn is upon us, what were your winners and losers this summer and things you just want to do different next year? Here's my list:WinnersGolden of Bacau Beans - These are a lovely yellow pole bean that is absolutely one of if not the sweetest bean I have ever tasted. Heirloom.Tangerine Tomatoes - These are a favorite in our house. they are a bit less acidic than red tomatoes and have a lovely flavor.Lemon Boy Tomatoes - Lovely yellow tomatoes that are shaped like a lemon. Grew well, and produced nicely. Heirloom.McIntosh Apples - Our tree did gang busters this year! I had no less than two bushels of apples. I'm still making stuff.Yellow Patty Pan Squash - Another favorite in the house. Always tastes wonderful and if I can keep the SVBs away long enough, a great producer.Basils - I planted several kinds of basil this year, purple ruffles, another purple (I don't remember the name), Genovese, Sweet, Lemon, and Cinnamon. All did very well.Blueberries - We are still getting blueberries. We had some that have ripened very slowly and are rather small, but taste wonderful.LosersTree Tomatoes - They grew like crazy, but produced very little. More annoying than anything.Bell Peppers - They are always annoying because just as they get ripe enough to pick, something else gets them. Green Patty Pan Squash - Blasted things did not produce even ONE squash! I had two plants and neither produced anything.Purple Pole Beans - I think they may have sent me the wrong beans. I planted them in between the tomatoes as I usually do with pole beans, but they never grew above a foot tall. I think they sent me bush beans instead of pole beans. I think I got a total of 8 beans off 40 seeds I planted. Things I Want to Do DifferentWe planted our rows of tomatoes very close together this year. They grew well, but it was a real hassle trying to get in between the plants to get the produce. I think I want to expand them a bit next year. I want to plant corn. This will take some coaxing with Hubby. He isn't fond of planting corn because it takes so much room, but I really love fresh corn on the cob.I want to start my plants earlier. I'd like to put up a cold frame so we can start them in December or January. I want to plant one less row of bush beans. Nobody int he house likes picking them, and I wind up being the only one that will care for them so only one row next year. Kathleen
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