[gardeners] Apologies

George Shirley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Tue, 18 Aug 1998 20:08:59

I apologize for not answering email that any one on the list might have
sent me in 1996. Yeah, that's right, 1996. My ISP was down for about 14
hours today and when they came back up I got a spate of messages dated in
1996 that had evidently been hung up in the server. Now I really am gonna
shop for a new ISP.

Back to gardening. Had another mess of cucuzzi for dinner tonight. Miz Anne
cooked supper as I was napping, recuperating from another visit to the
dentist. She stir fried the cucuzzi with bell peppers, a couple of small
mild chiles, onion, and Puerto Rican oregano. Served with half a baked
tater and a genuwine fried sirloin steak (don't worry, it was fried in a
T-fal skillet with a little Pam in it) it was all right tasty. A little
later we will have fresh pear pie with a little Blue Bunny fat free, no
sugar added vanilla ice cream on it.

Speaking of cucuzzi, Allen, you will be pleased to know that the seed
cucuzzi is now about 4 feet long and about 4 or 5 inches in diameter.
Believe there will be plenty of seed once it has dried and is ready. The
lageneria gourd is starting to bloom so am looking forward to trying those.
That Lawndale woman says they are tasty. The okra is out-doing itself as
are the chiles. The recent rains followed by sunshine are causing both
types of plants to produce heavily. I like this purple okra we're growing
but wish Anne or I could remember the name of it. We've been saving seed of
that variety for several years but have forgotten, if we ever knew, the
original name. It makes a beautiful purple leaf and stem and the fruit is
also purple but cooks up green. They are still tender even when 6 or 8
inches long and get no bigger around than about 3/4 to 1 inch diameter.

Gonna go take a bath now and read a little 18th century naval history.