[gardeners] Re: In the Garden

Matt Trahan (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Fri, 14 Aug 1998 01:27:59 -0400

>We've got the
>little Asian Tiger mozzies here and they hurt me like a wasp sting. I hate
>putting the deet on and that's the only thing that slows them up.

Yeah, but George, if you're near-sighted, they sure are purty! <BEG>

 Try the "mosquito plant" from Walmart/Lowes/megawhatevermart. It's some
type of evil scented geranium. We keep 2 in 10 inch pots in back. One at
about 3 feet up on a pedistal, and one on the ground. The tiny little $4
plants will bush out within a few weeks. Just swing your legs around the
bottom one (obviously, brushing up against it) and your arms around the top
one. Pick off a leave and rumple it and rub it along the back of your neck
and shirt and the very top of your forehead(I have a high one). Stick the
crushed leaf in your shirt pocket, and you're all set. Takes 30 seconds,
reduces them to maybe one bite per night.
 Whatever you do, DON"T put the leaf or your fingers anywhere near your
eyes. Stick with mace, it's more pleasant.

 As for the garden, we continue to live beyond the rain line, at least
compared to our friends 80 miles north and west of us. They (Surry Va.) are
about an inch up on us for the past 3 weeks. Not much to brag about, we
could both use a lot more. The trees are really starting to look stressed.
 They have invested in a mile's worth of soaker hoses, so all the garden
beds still look good. Only thing I can say good for it, is more working
days and it helps keep the weeds down.

 God, I love spending several days a week with people who enjoy cooking!
They have put up about a gallon of salsa and we have been living off
gespacho. Green bean salad with grated cheese, sliced olives, just a hint
of diced anchovies. An occational leaf of arugala (ok) or radichio
(wonderfully bitter). The diakons are done and the malibar spinach is just
popping up, along with the pole beans and more basil.

Matt, slightly fresher than a Shasta Daisey

Matt Trahan  <matttrahan@ecsu.campus.mci.net>
USDA zone 8, AHS heat zone 7, Sunset zone 31, northeastern N.C.