[gardeners] Rotten week/day

George Shirley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Fri, 01 May 1998 18:20:47

Right now for me life sucks. I've had a sinus infection for about a week
and am now at the point where all I want to do is sleep, eat, and drink
lots of liquids. The one rx I'm allowed to take makes me drowsy so the
sleeping comes naturally, it also acts as a diuretic so I'm getting up
every two hours to go the bathroom. Makes you feel really sorry. Now that
I've bitched about having an upper respiratory infection in the spring I'll
go on to other things. Oh yeah, I suspect an allergy to blooming waxleaf
ligustrum as the cause of the infection.

The garden grows and grows, we got a really nice soaking rain the other
day, the first in about a month. Rainwater does seem to do much more good
for the plants than the city water we use. Miz Anne weeded my new herb
garden for me, for which I am eternally grateful. Every time I bent over to
pull a weed it seemed as though my center of gravity shifted radically and
over I would go. Speaking of yarbs, my epazote never came up! I can't
believe this, what is a nuisance weed all over Texas won't grow for me in
Louisiana. The seed was this years packing so it must of been something I
did wrong. Once this little cool spell is over I'm gonna try again. The
valerian also didn't come up but I suspect old seed in that case. The seeds
for winter savory and English (common) thyme were all fertile, got a heck
of a bed of each of those. That's okay as the excess can be potted up and
sold at the next plant sale.

The main vegetable garden is outrageous, every tomato and chile plant is in
full bloom and/or setting fruit. The Casabella and Hawaiian Tabasco chile
plants have set fruit and it is growing fast. The Rainbow Chard is coming
along nicely as is the New Zealand spinach. Of course the green beans and
crowder peas are shoosting up to the sky. After all they're our two main
stay crops, never a failure yet. Cukes are twining, blueberries are getting
closer to ripening, raspberries are setting fruit, and the birds are
singing. Regardless of the sinus infection life is still good.