[gardeners] 4th of July in Bastrop Co.

Allen and Judy Merten (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Mon, 05 Jul 1999 00:49:08 -0500

Hi All,
    Hope everyone had  fun on the 4th. Hope you all had a safe one, too.
Judy and I had some of the kids over for BBQ Brisket, baked beans, corn
on the cob, potato salad, chips with jalapeno and habanero salsas,
pickles, tomatos, Aunt Vida's squash cassarole, cheese cake with
strawberry topping and whipped cream.
    The garden is still producing lots of jalapenos, cubanells,
serranos, habaneros, Big Bertha Bells, tomatos and lageneria. Pretty
much everything else is kaput.
    We have boxes full canned goodies and the pantry shelves are all
bowed from the weight of the full jars. We were blessed with a good
gardening season this spring. Fixin' to start getting the garden in
shape for fall planting. I moved the Emus into the lower garden to help
with the clean up, to eat grasshoppers, and to fertilize. You ought to
see them eat tomatos. They swallow Roma tomatos like M&M's. I give them
the blemished ones.
    Surprisingly, today in the middle of the BBQ we received 1-1/2
inches of rain. Luckily one brisket was already done and in the house.
The other brisket survived the shower on the pit. Things were good
today. Fork tender brisket is hard to beat. Cooked it long and slow over
oak wood. No charcoal briquettes for me as long as I can cut and split
enough oak, mesquite, pecan or hickory.
    Bastrop Co.
    SE Central Tx.