Re: [gardeners] Herb garden

George Shirley (
Tue, 24 Mar 1998 21:42:53

At 07:15 PM 3/24/98 -0700, you wrote:
>At 07:56 PM 3/24/98, you wrote:
>>At 07:56 PM 3/24/98 -0500, you wrote:
>>>At 06:08 PM 24-03-98, George Shirley wrote:
>>snipped some of my own message
>>>>How are things in your garden?
>>>Snowy, snowy, snowy.  The kids have a good fort started in the front yard
>>>and the weather is crisp, cold, clear and sunny.  Can't see the ground to
>>>plant....but I've been saying this for a couple of weeks now.  The herb
>>>garden sounds great, George.  Maybe I'll get a crack at making one soon
>>Snow, snow!! I think I saw some about 40 years ago and it scared me further
>>south for the rest of my life. At least in the winter.
>>Right now the herb garden just looks like bricks lying on bare ground with
>>fruit trees in the corners. You have to visualize what it will look like if
>>all umpty-ump zillion seeds come up. I do believe I may have gotten heavy
>>handed with the seed.
>>Gonna plant some Jicama and Chinese Yam tomorrow too. Jicama takes 8 or 9
>>months to maturity but they store well. I don't know how long a Chinese Yam
>>takes as the seed was given to me and I haven't been able to dig up much
>>info on the net except that they make a root 3 feet long. Ay Chihuahua!
>>Gonna have to do a lot of digging to harvest that crop. 
>>I think I'm gonna order some sunchokes too. Research shows that fresh
>>chokes are okay for diabetics as they don't turn starchy until they're
>>stored for awhile. Grew some 30 odd years ago and don't remember storing
>>them here in zone 9b. Believe we just went out and harvested enough for a
>>meal each time.
>>So much dirt, so little time.
>George, we used to grow sunchokes, or Jerusalem artichokes as they were
>known at that time.  I love artichokes, and cooked them a time or two (we
>had a substantial patch started).  Chuck complained about the flatulence
>they caused (and he never has needed any encouragement in that respect), so
>I started to dig them out.  People told me it was impossible, but I sifted
>the soil, discarded all of the black apparently dead roots with  little red
>spots that were  growing points, and I did succeed in getting rid of them.
>But you look in the supermarket and see they're selling for 89 cents per
>pound, and how can you bear to send them to the dump?  I called the zoo and
>asked if they had any animals that would like them, and they said yes.  So
>I took a couple of bushels to the zoo.  Then I remembered an animal there
>-- I think a kit fox -- that is the stinkingest critter on earth (skunks
>smell good beside them) -- and decided that that stench, combined with
>flatulence, was more than I could take.  I didn't go to the zoo for years
>afterward.  Maybe you ought to buy a batch and see how they sit before
>giving them garden space.  Margaret
I'm kinda like Chuck in respect of flatulence. Really don't need any help
but, then, I work for myself and am outside a lot so who cares. The dog
doesn't mind and I keep it down to a low roar when Miz Anne's about.
Although, come to think of it, the neighbor down wind of my new garden was
complaining about the refinery odor being strong today. <BSEG>