I may actually have enough shredded leaves to mulch the whole garden. Or not. It never works out that way.
No purple vegetables next year.
Without a doubt, my favorite garden structure is the concrete reinforcing wire tomato cage. I tried it last year for the cantaloupe plants, which climbed up the cages without effort. Besides a bunch of pickling cucumbers, I always grow a couple of regular cukes for fresh eating. Next year, they get the tomato cage treatment. No more crawling around on hands and knees trying to find hidden, hideously huge cucumbers.
Speaking of pickling cukes, mine grow on a moveable fence trellis. For the first time last year I planted early snap peas on the opposite side of that fence. By the time the cukes start climbing, the snap peas are pretty much done and can be cut off, with a little extra fixed nitrogen left behind for the cukes. I’ll recycle that idea for sure.
Time to renovate the strawberry bed next year after harvest. I’ll mow the tops and then till the outer edges, leaving a strip of plants down the center.
Starting carrot seeds under boards really works. Helps keep the weed seeds from getting ahead of the baby carrot tops. Another recycled and proven idea for next year.
And of course, next time the garden will be perfect.