Re: [gardeners] Friday in the garden

David G. Smith (
Fri, 04 Jun 1999 21:40:45 -0400

I tried NZ spinach this year, and got just two plants in the row.  I
planted it 4/10 -- we're still getting an occasional frost here then, but
the seed packet said early spring.  What do you think, try it again now?

The only time I've stripped wallpaper was a few weeks ago.  We rented a
steamer to do it, and it seemed to work pretty well.  Not a pleasant job at
all, though; enough to turn me against wallpaper.

We are doing well, and I'm getting into the garden plenty.  Now there are
three of us doing well, you can see the new one at


At 07:53 PM 6/4/99 -0500, you wrote:
>Went out to the garden for a little while about 6:30, still pretty hot
>out there but a cooling breeze came up. Picked a nice mess of green
>beans, a few cukes, and some NZ spinach which will get cooked for dinner
>tomorrow. Grandson who is visiting is out mowing right now and then will
>be hungry again. Luckily he will eat anything we will which is a lot of
>veggies and very little chicken or fish and the occasional small serving
>of red meat.
>This kid is a worker, we've been stripping the vinyl floors in the
>master bath and the foyer and he did all of that by himself. Both floors
>had either two layers of tile or vinyl sheeting over tile and he got
>them up with no problem. The wallpaper in the foyer came off pretty easy
>and it will be painted tomorrow and then the new floor laid in there.
>The master bath wallpaper is turning into a real chore, soak a small
>area, wet it again and then scrape, wet it, scrape it. In two days we're
>about half done with getting the stuff off. Never saw wallpaper that was
>stuck so good.
>It has been turrible hot here, nineties and about the same in humidity.
>Tomatoes are rotting on the vine and I'm thinking about putting up a
>cheese cloth shade over them to see if it will help. The chiles, hot and
>mild both, are loving the heat and humidity so we will be getting into
>bumper crop season on those pretty soon. In the meantime we harvest
>enough along to keep us chomping on them. Been eating a lot of paprika
>and pimiento chiles in the green stage and they are excellent, thick
>meated, sweet, and tasty. Gonna be hard to leave some to ripen red for
>Tomorrow morning I will harvest basil, thyme, Mexican Mint Marigold,
>winter savory, parsley, oregano, and two kinds of chives. Time to run
>the dehydrator again except for the chives. I learned to chop them and
>freeze them on a cookie sheet for later cooking use, better flavor and
>more handy for use that way. Think I saw it on one of the shows on HGTV
>but not sure.
>Luckily we can stay in the air conditioning to do our remodeling and
>then get out in the garden early and late when it's cooler. Hope all are
>doing well and getting into the gardens.