Re: [gardeners] Gardens and kids (
Mon, 27 Apr 1998 21:20:25 -0400

At 06:40 PM 27-04-98, you wrote:
>Was out in the gardens today, just poking around, pulling a weed or two,
>caressing a few herbs, admiring the chiles that are making fruit, exhorting
>the tomatoes to grow, bloom, and set fruit, and just generally enjoying the
>day off. 
>Got to thinking about our latest grandchild, who is going to look like her
>daddy, has black hair, fair skin, and looks as though she might have his
>grey-blue eye color once she gets past the baby eyes stage. This child is
>going to start life in a condo in the Galleria area of Houston. No exposure
>to plants other than the regimented whatever-is-in right now that the condo
>association grows in the very few beds they allow. 

Don't worry overmuch, George; when a kid arrives a family soon outgrows a
condo if they can afford to do so.
>Looks like we will have to get possession of this child for a week or two
>each summer and maybe a few weekends in between, just to expose her to a
>life that is outside the YEA (Yuppie Entitlement Area)she will be growing
>up in. The DIL cares naught for plants and dirt but adores possessions.
>Yessir, it's gonna take a lot of work to keep a girl child from turning
>into a big-haired Texas wannabe queen. I think we're up to it. Have had
>great success along that line with a daughter and the elder granddaughter,
>both of whom garden, fish, and like the outdoors.
>By the by, the daughter just got an $1100.00 PTA grant to develop more
>raised bed gardens at her school. The principal is now asking her to work
>with the other teachers so that each grade at the elementary school will
>have it's own raised bed garden. Must have been the publicity she got with
>the pre-k gardens, which we saw for the first time since they were planted.
>The herb and flower gardens are looking great.

That is a great deal of money for a grant these days.  Real luck, I'd say.
Sounds a wonderful project.

>Gotta go, need to baste the brisket cooking in the oven. This one has
>another hour at 350F then 8 to 10 hours at 125F. Got a good mopping sauce
>I'm laying on this one. Sleepy Dawg is licking her chops and whiffing the
>air stream coming from the direction of the kitchen. Shoulda named her
>Minnie the Moocher!
>George, Life is good