Re: [gardeners] The weekend

Jane Burdekin (
Sun, 31 Jan 1999 18:53:16 -0700

Our January has been pretty nice too, but not nearly as warm as yours.  We
have had a problem with white lawns about 3 times but  I found an onion and
have some spinach growing in the garden.  I got my peppers planted, seven
varieties.  I also did some work in the greenhouse.  

(strange how quiet the list is during the superbowl)

> What a wonderful month of January!  The temps have been
> above average, and rainfall has been adequate.
> Many of the plants are ahead of their normal bloom times by a
> month or more.
> The maple tree in my front yard is blooming as are the early daffodils,
> and even some azaleas.  The buds on the Bradford Pear trees are
> getting noticably larger, as are the dogwood buds.
> The highs have been in the 50's to near 80 most days this month.  We did
> have a couple of nights with the lows below 30*F.  A cold front came
> today and dropped the temps from the low 50's to the low 30's.  Freezing
> weather to us.
> Yesterday was a very busy day here.  We picked up our middle child
> from a friend's house, then took the kids to the Scout's Pinewood Derby,
> where David's car won first place with the Scouts,
> and Erin's car won second place in the family catagory.
> Then it was off to a soccer game for Erin.  Her team lost as they went
> into overtime due to a tie score, and the other team got the first goal.
> She had another game an hour later, which they won 12:1.
> In the meantime, I had run David over to a pizza party with his Scout
> At home Mike was fixing a broken water faucet on our outside faucet.
> It was old and had deteriorated, and was the main faucet that I usually
> use year round.
> After all the games, etc were over we went to a cookout at Mom's with
> a bunch of friends.   All the kids cooked marshmallows over the
> fire we had outside after we ate supper.  We adult kids did wait for the
> young children to get roasted marshmallows first. :-)
> Everyone had a good time, and it was a great, if very busy day.
> To add a bit of gardening to this, I got my ground prepared and planted
> snow peas between the Pinewood Derby and the soccer games.
> Interestingly enough, I found a piece of potato that I had planted last
> spring!
> It was a cut little chunk of potato with little roots growing from it,
> no
> signs of any greenery.  It was in perfect shape with no signs of rot.
> I've never seen anything like this before.  I reburied it.  I'll see what
> happens.  It was a seed potato that I got from a hardware/gardening
> store, not one that I had gotten from a grocery store, so should not have
> been sprayed to retard growth.  We did have floods then a bad drought
> here last year, but the 2 other potatoes that the squirrels didn't dig up
> grew and produced as did the peas that I had planted there earlier,
> and the peppers that I later planted.  Kind of strange.....
> Hope y'alls month was as good as ours.
> Bambi
> Coastal Carolina
> USDA zone 8; AHS Heat zone 8; Sunset zone 31