Re: [gardeners] Tuesday in the garden

margaret lauterbach (
Wed, 24 Feb 1999 08:49:34 -0700

At 06:24 PM 2/23/99 -0600, you wrote:
>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
As I recall, George, that Ein Shemer apple tree is standard size.  Most
standard size apple trees don't bear until they're 5 to 10 years old.  Of
course I'm not familiar with that variety.  I can't even find Shemer in my
German dictionary.  Best, Margaret