[gardeners] This week in the garden

George Shirley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Thu, 23 Apr 1998 18:23:27

Not much has been happening this week as Miz Anne and I have both been
working every day. Lucky me, I have tomorrow off whereas Miz Anne has to
work tomorrow and Saturday. I intend to sleep until at least 0600, and
maybe 0630, which will make Sleepy Dawg ecstatic as she doesn't like
getting up before daylight.

Went out this afternoon and watered the stuff in pots and the newly planted
things. Used the wand with the big rosebud so nothing would be damaged and
watered liberally. The tomatoes and chiles are blooming as are the squash.
The cukes are growing but not ready to bloom yet. The various garlics,
planted last year, are already starting to dry a bit at the tips. Reckon
our very mild winter didn't slow them much and they will be ready for
harvest one or two months early. The self-seeded cilantro and the Italian
flat-leaf parsley have both bloomed, making several butterfly species
happy. The two are now reseeding their patch. The curly leaf parsley has
come up and is about three inches tall now.

The Chinese Yam and the Jicama have both come up and are growing well.
Another month and they will be mulched well. The corn is up about three
inches and many of the flowers Miz Anne planted are up and doing their best
to catch up with everything else.

Tomorrow I will prepare the ground and plant my hyacinth and scarlet runner
beans, deliberately left until late as they like the warmth. A volunteer
pumpkin has come up in the mulch around the newly relocated azaleas and
will be saved. Suspect it is from the several pumpkins we recovered from
our church after All Saints and then composted. Nature has a way of
preserving at least one seed.

I hope all of you are enjoying your gardens, whatever the status of them
may be. Life is good.

George, Anne, and Sleepy Dawg Shirley