[gardeners] Hot, sweaty, and feeling good

George Shirley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Tue, 07 Apr 1998 14:15:50

It's been a warm day here in SW Louisiana so I took my little scoot stool
out to the garden and transplanted 20 squash, 4 gourd, and 8 cukes. Not to
mention the 3 more eggplant and the 2 chiles that I found hiding behind
something else. We once again have cucuzzi edible gourd, butternut, green
tint, spaghetti, and cushaw squash in the ground. The Burpee's Burpless
cukes that Miz Anne likes so well are out there ready to climb. The Dusky
eggplant are teeny little folks but are root bound so in they went. Found
two Thai Hots hiding behind a pot, figure they wanted to be bigger before
they went in the ground but dug them in anyway. If only half this stuff
makes a crop we'll have enough for us, the kids, the neighbors, and
Abraham's Tent (local soup kitchen) too.

The herbs are up and growing. Finally spotted the Bronze and Florence
fennels sticking up in their bed but the lovage hasn't come up yet. What I
thought was lovage was something else, probably a weed. Oh well, the seed
was two or three years old and may not be viable anymore. Still don't have
any valerian up but that, too, was old seed. I'll give it a while longer
and bung something else in those spots. My French tarragon divisions are
doing well in their pots so will soon have five plants versus one.

Sleepy is sleeping the sleep of the just guard dog at my feet. She kept the
squirrels, grackles, and other wild critters from attacking me as I worked
in the garden. When we stopped I gave her a nice dog biscuit, some cool
water, and a lot of petting. In turn she gave me some good licks up side
the face, let me scratch her back a bit and then flopped down for a nap.
Miz Anne is off being an artist today but I'm expecting her back at any
time. Think I'll do a couple of t-bones on the grill tonight along with a
nice butternut squash from last years crop. Hi ho.