[gardeners] Gardening before daylight

George Shirley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Sat, 20 Jun 1998 07:51:35

Got up this morning before dawn cracked the first time and went out to the
garden. Picked a 2 gallon bucket full of assorted tomatoes, another full of
crowder peas, a small batch of cukes and an even smaller batch of ripe
chiles. Watered the herb bed with the overhead sprinkler as it was looking
a little wilted. Now have the sprinkler going on the corn, sunflowers,
bachelor buttons and other flowers. These in a 30 inch strip down the west
fence. New, el cheapo, sprinkler has many useful settings and was cheap
enough that if it breaks I don't feel bad about tossing it. I've got a
couple of antique sprinklers I inherited from my folks, one from the
forties and another from the fifties, that I repair and keep running.
They're both made of aluminum and steel and are somewhat ornate.

Came in at 0730 as Miz Anne was arising to go forth and mow de lawn in the
front. Cutting hay is more like it, San Augustine grass loves a drought. I
was already hot and soaked with sweat so I am done until late this
afternoon, if then. Darndest weather I've ever seen in my 10 years in
Loosyanna, strong winds, triple digit temps in May and June! What's it
going to be like when the dog days of August and September hit us? Still no
appreciable rain since March 16, we are running well behind while friends
in the NE are drowning out.

Off to drink coffee with an old buddy down the road and talk chiles. He has
my auxiliary chile patch this year, always have a back-up. The Thai Hots
are getting red as are the Hawaiian Tabascos. The Turkish Hots are starting
to turn color and the Charlestons are finally setting fruit. The Anchos are
covered with small chiles and I am anxiously awaiting the day I pick my
first one. The Casabellas are absolutely covered with small fruit and I
pick a few each day. Right tasty unless I forget to take out the seeds then
it's hot, hot, hot.

George, down the road again reminding you that Life is Good.