[gardeners] Thursday

George Shirley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Thu, 05 Feb 1998 17:30:31

Sitting here in my warm office/propagation room wondering if spring really
is on the way. Our weather here in Zone 9b SW Louisiana has turned chilly
again with light sprinkles of rain and heavy rains threatened. In the
meantime I have squash seedlings up 4 or 5 inches, cukes up at least 3
inches and tomatoes and chiles running from 1/2 inch to 3 inches tall. 

My son just notified me that a Mantis tiller will arrive at the Shirley
Swankienda on Tuesday next, courtesy of he and his wife, or, as he put it,
Happy early Father's Day Pops." Guess that resolves which brand and type I
will get.

With the new tiller it is hoped that conversion of 1375 square feet of lawn
to herb garden will proceed apace. In that mode we are converting another
1000 square feet of lawn to 4 foot wide veggie beds, slightly raised. Now
I've got to get more seed flats so I can start my herb seeds for the year,
both annuals and perennials. Noticed that the Big Lots/Odd Lots store had
36 cell, 2X2 cells, seed flats with starting medium for 99 cents each. Will
have to make a trip tomorrow and pick up 4 or 5 bucks worth. I've got two
of them that I paid twice that much for at the same store and they are
doing the job. Covered with plastic wrap they make nice little
mini-greenhouses for starting seeds.

Found out that there is a large farm supply store in nearby Lake Charles,
will visit that tomorrow to see if they have any hog farrowing mats that I
can substitute for the pricey mats sold by catalog.

Miz Anne went off to a meeting of the artistes at the Gallery by the Lake
this evening. She was toting my best white stoneware mixing bowl filled
with a fresh garden salad of 4 types of lettuce, 3 types of greens, sorrel,
radishes, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and kohlrabi. Hope the artists
like that stuff as there was sure a pile of it.

Is everyone well today and surviving the bad weather on the East Coast and
the Left Coast?

George and Sleepy, contemplating a salad of their own