[gardeners] In the Garden

George Shirley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Tue, 16 Dec 1997 20:54:32

Out poking around in the garden today and discovered two things: the green
beans were slightly frostbit the other night and the broccoli has huge
heads now. This is the first year in most of a lifetime in the souf' that
we have gotten these huge, grocery store type broccoli florets. These
things are six or eight inches across and nowhere near bolting yet. I'm
tempted to leave them awhile longer but worried they might bolt as we are
expecting a "heat wave" up into the 40's and 50's this week. What's the
experience from the bandits of broccoli out there. 

Another question: this is the first time we have grown fava beans. Those
things are about 30 inches tall, covered with really neat looking pea
blooms but no sign of making a bean yet. We planted them in September as
our springs and summers are probably too warm for them. Are they gonna make
and are just slow or what?

The cabbages are heading up nicely and we are eating bok choy, chard, and
kale. The radishes are still producing and I still have a Longhorn, two
jalapenos and two serrano peppers bearing. I cover them when the forecast
calls for cold weather. For all of you out there covered in snow and ice -

George, grinning and picking