Re: [gardeners] Slim pickings

Margaret Lauterbach (
Mon, 13 Jul 1998 08:12:23 -0600

At 10:08 AM 7/13/98 +0000, you wrote:
>This morning I hauled on my coveralls and sauntered out into the sauna of 
>HellAtlanta to pick me some vittles for dinner. I dug and I picked and I 
>battled the bugs for my supper. I glowed, I perspired, I sweat buckets. 
>But my perseverence, perspicacity and my perspiration was rewarded 
>with the following 'bounty':
>	1 gallon of sad looking blue and pink potatoes. Too big to use as 
>min-tuber seed potato size (sometimes we can plant in August and have 
>'taters for Thanksgiving); two small to bake. Guess they is gonna get 
>thrown in the steamer.

Little butter (do you get that butter-flavored yogurt "butter" from Brummel
& Brown or is it just being test marketed in Boise?  We like it), lots of
chopped fresh parsley, those taters will do you proud.
>	1 gallon of fine looking Burmese okra. Enough for me and my neighbors 

I'm looking forward to growing those next year. My okra got swamped by
crabgrass, but we've cleaned out most of the row.  Plants are only 6" tall,

>	1 gallon of pitiful cherry tomatoes. They taste good, but they is hardly 
>bigger than a raisin or a sluggish Thompson seedless grape. 

What kind did you grow?  I don't have anything tomato-like ripe yet.

>	half a cup of tired looking pole beans. The bunnies missed a single 

Well, that'll learn ya, dern ya.  Next year put razor wire around your pole
bean plantings.  And a sign advertising "Lapin coats, 25 cents"
>The ants have helped themselves to the miniature strawberry popcorn that I 
>was just about ready to harvest. Guess I'll be watching the farm report 
>without nothing to nibble this fall. 

have you ever tried popping ants?  
>Times is hard, humid, hot and dry in Atlanta. Pitiful excuse for a 
>garden this year.
Hot here, too.  Best, Margaret