Re: [gardeners] Great Garden Mistakes (
Sun, 28 Dec 1997 14:52:13 -0500

At 12:28 PM 28-12-97 -0700, Margaret Lauterbach wrote:
>At 11:31 AM 12/28/97 +0000, Liz Albrook wrote:
>>Wow, am I glad this subject came up here because no way I could post 
>>this on that other list.
>>I've only made one serious gardening mistake in my life.  The reason 
>>is that I compulsively read and investigate everything before I do 
>>it, including everything about plants, soil, etc.  I've made several 
>>minor mistakes but no biggies except this one.
>>What was the one mistake -- I listened to that gardening guru 
>>Margaret Lauterbach.  That's right, beware of Margaret for she can 
>>wreck a perfectly innocent garden and destroy the life of innocent 
>>gardeners.  I will tell you how she does it.
>>She recommends varieties of plants, veggies in particular, that taste 
>>good and grow well.  So you learn to trust her.  Then one day she 
>>talks about this variety of zucchini that you've never grown but have 
>>seen in a couple of catalogues -- zucchini costata romanesco.  She 
>>tells you how wonderful the flavor is.  She suggests you plant it 
>>because it is much better than other varieties of zucchinis.  You 
>>plant it.  By mid-summer your entire backyard is covered in green 
>>thighs and you find the bodies of your missing nephews who were stung 
>>to death by the writhing vines.  You assume that you did something 
>>wrong like show the plants a bag of fertilizer or, heavens, actually 
>>tossed some in the general direction of the plants.
>>Then you find out that Margaret didn't actually try this variety 
>>herself.  But thanks for the information because now she knows better 
>>than to plant it in her garden.
>>Liz  :-p
>Shucks, Liz, I did too grow that variety.  I only planted two hills.  I
>think you planted 11.  You kept saying, "what if we have company?"  Margaret

That's right, Liz, that's what you said last spring.  I think some people
told you not to do it.  But you did it anyway.

BTW want to get even??  Send me some seeds if you got any left over.  I am
not having much luck with zucchini these past 3 years.