[gardeners] gardening in Bastrop Co.

Allen and Judy Merten (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Sat, 10 Apr 1999 19:52:06 -0500

Hi Gardeners,
    Our garden is getting along just fine. We are eating turnips and
mustard, green onions, broccoli, and lettuce.
    The tomatos are blooming and setting fruit. Butternut and Acorn
squash are setting fruit also. The Yellow Squash and Zucchini are not
that far along. Big Bertha Bell Peppers are setting fruit. The red
potatos are beginning to bloom.
    I planted G-90 Bicolor corn for the 3rd year. I also planted
Guadalupe Gold which is my Dad's favorite. The time difference in
germination between the two was surprising. The Guadalupe Gold was
planted 2 days earlier than the G-90. The G-90 came up two days before
the Guadalupe Gold. The G-90 germination is 100%, absolutely no gaps.
The Guadalupe Gold on the other had has at best 50% germination. Got to
get more seed to fill in the many gaps. One more thing about the G-90,
the seeds are from the original 5 lb. bag that I bought 3 years ago. The
Guadalupe Gold seeds are from this years purchase.
    I had the same problem with the two pole beans that I planted this
year. The Kentucky Wonders germinated 100%. The Blue Lake germinated at
about 25%. Planted both the same day, same amount of water, same
planting depth.
    George, I know that you have not received the Yellow Eyed Bean
seeds. They came back undeliverable. The postal service machines choked
and spit the envelope out. I got it back today in the mail. It was
creased, torn, and leaking broken bean pieces. Judy and I got a mailing
pouch and will put new beans in the mail Monday. I hope you still have a
little room for them.
    The weather is beautiful, the sun is warm not hot, the wind has
become a gentle breeze, pneumonia is gone, and as a wise old gardening
guru once said,"Life is good".
    May spring come soon to those of you who it has not already sprung
Happy Gardening,
Bastrop Co., SE Central Tx.
Zone 8