Re: [gardeners] In the Garden - January 4, 1999

JaneBurdekin (
Mon, 4 Jan 1999 09:17:52 -0600

Hi George,
Your life is good.   Imagine finding vegies in the garden now.  Mine have
been covered with snow for a month at least.  I would think it was a heat
wave to wake up to 26F degrees, this morning was about 12 which was warmer
than lately.  I am excited that it may get up to 50F later this week of
course it will be windy, up to 70mph later today maybe.  Thanks for writing
to us about your gardening while we are all frozen under with not much
green in sight except for the conifers of course and my arum italicum that
I got from Gene.  Have a good day.


>Woke up to 26F this am at 0600 and it is going to get no higher than 40F
>today according to the weather forecasters. Supposed to get down to 20F
>tonight and then warm up to the 40's and 50's for rest of the week.
>Guess (hope) winter ends tonight. Greenhouse holding 40F with 3 150 watt
>light bulbs providing heat. Got the propane heater ready to go if
>necessary but don't like to leave even a small open fire unattended.
>The chile plants and uncovered tomatoes bit the dust last night as did
>the jicama. Good news on the jicama, my unusual stuff to grow in 1998,
>got fruits, veggies, or whatever they are. Scratched around yesterday
>and found several jicama that are big as softballs. Guess the plant is a
>viable grower for this zone (9B), which is good as we like them sliced
>thin in stir fry and also in salads. Not bad just as a crunchy to eat.
>Gonna dig a small batch of sunchokes this afternoon to cook for dinner,
>get 'em fresh and there's no starch for me to worry about. They store
>easily in the ground here but can be invasive if you're not careful.
>Picked the last of the Ponderosa lemons yesterday, six lemons each the
>size of a very large softball, one of those slow pitch jobs. Gonna juice
>'em out today and freeze the juice for use in the summer. Made enough
>marmalade in last two weeks to last the year so don't need any more
>lemon peel unless I decide to dry some for "zest." Miz Anne also likes
>to make a tea with citrus peel, mint leaves, and orange pekoe tea
>leaves. Drinks the stuff hot but I never was much of a tea sipper.
>Got clothes in the washer and the dehydrator needs emptying so had
>better go to work again.