[gardeners] Tuesday in the garden

George Shirley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Tue, 23 Feb 1999 18:24:55 -0600

Miz Anne and I both had to go off to make some bean money this morning
so a beautiful morning was wasted with real work. About 2 pm she got
home and I had finished my paperwork so we went out to play in the
garden. Moved some of the stuff out of the greenhouse and I finished the
block walk down the middle of it. Thursday I will take the weed eater to
the tall grass growing on either side of the walk and begin to put the
river gravel inside for drainage, about 2 or 3 inches worth I hope. A
local contractor gave me about two yards of gravel, about 1 to 2 inch
size, rather than haul it back to his laydown yard. With the use of my
friends pick-em-up truck we managed to get it into the backyard.

I finally found some nastursium seed and planted the octagonal tiles I
had set upright in one corner of the herb garden. While I was doing that
I discovered that last years feverfew - drought killed - had managed to
set some seed as volunteers are up, at least three, maybe four. The
volunteer basil is up about two inches now and the volunteer chamomile
is about four inches in diameter and two high. Started pulling the extra
epazote (a lot) and putting it in the trash can. A friend wanted some so
I potted him three or four. He will start it in a fence corner and if it
grows well I will discard all of mine and go pick his, he has 10 acres
to play with. <VBG>

I repotted a small loquat that has been promised to another friend and
as soon as the volunteer sassfras tree in the herb garden finishes
leafing out I will pot it for him.

Went over just before dark thirty and pruned another friends Ein Shemer
apple tree he recently planted. It was nursery grown and had not been
previously pruned for maximum production. Had to use the step ladder as
it is about 10 feet tall already, will probably bear next year.

It has been another good day in a pretty good life. Hope all are looking
forward to spring and that our Ozzie friends are looking forward to