Re: [gardeners] In the Garden

Cheryl & Erich Schaefer (
Wed, 17 Dec 1997 10:53:40 -0500 (EST)

>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.

Our temperatures have been in the 40's and 50's, too. Never mind that it
was 11F the night before last. Harvest that broccoli. It won't get bigger
and with your luck you'll have side shoots all winter anyway. Don't forget
to soak the worms away, unless you used BT as Margaret suggested.

>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?

Patience, George, patience. They will bean up if they don't freeze to
death. Are you going to make "fool"? Love the stuff but I'd have to be tied
down if I ate it now.:-)

>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

Well! Phfft to you, too.:-) It's gorgeous here in the snow. The wood stove
is burning and it's cosy as can be. I'm making dried flower arrangements as
gifts from my garden and pleased that I don't have to dig a damn thing
until April. Wouldn't mind those greens though.

Cheryl Schaefer
Zone 5 in the fabulous Finger Lakes of NY