[gardeners] Sunday in the garden

George Shirley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Sun, 29 Mar 1998 20:19:53

Today I did the last tilling of the main vegetable garden, all 16X24 of it.
Once tilled I raked up the planting beds and then we planted. About 24
chiles, that many tomatoes, crowder peas, green beans, New Zealand spinach,
5-color chard, radishes, kohlrabi, and lettuce. Tomorrow, with any luck,
the replacement squash and cukes go in. I also planted Jicama and Chinese
Yam up on the hill in the new bed.

I would also like to report that my Dorman Red raspberries are sending up
new plants from the long roots. The original 6 plants now have a dozen
friends growing with them. Maybe next year I will harvest raspberries and
Miz Anne can have a good memory of her Dad's raspberry patch.

The wild blackberries and dewberries are in full bloom and I have marked
some "good" patches on my parish map. Also found a pear in full bloom on
the interstate right-of-way. Got it marked too. Suspect it is a Kieffer as
that is about the only pear that does well here. Will visit it a intervals
to check the fruit growth. I did go by there last week and surreptiously
fertilized the tree.

We were out there in the garden from 1100 to 1800 today and I actually got
wind-burned. The wind has been blowing strongly all day and threatening
rain, since I watered in the new plantings I am sure it will rain tomorrow.
If it doesn't I will wash the car and that will surely bring rain. As a
last resort I will don my regalia and paint job and do the old rain dance,
although, I am better at the sun dance.

Life is good.