Re: [gardeners] Rain

David G. Smith (
Tue, 20 Jul 1999 20:58:06 -0400

My in-laws have a Kieffer pear tree in their yard, though it doesn't bear
much since it's in the shade of those giant poplars.  FIL says that they
will keep fresh for a long time -- until Christmas, I think he said.  Maybe
not in your climate, though.

(In Delaware, where today we got our first rain in 3 - 4 weeks!)

At 06:03 PM 7/20/99 -0500, you wrote:
>Anyone need some rain? We seem to have more than our usual share here
>lately. Got another inch or two today. Luckily it runs off quickly here
>in Flatland, USA. Gotta get out in the mud and dig the last of the
>carrots before they rot in the ground. Cukes are shot as are the edible
>gourds, rain followed by lots of sunshine cooked them good. Yellow Bell
>and Heatwave II tomatoes are still okay and the herbs, up on their
>little hill, are doing okay. The chiles seem to be okay for the moment
>but a little more rain will probably do them in. The grass is doing way
>to good, needs cutting again and it was just cut Saturday.
>We did start about 4 gallons of pear wine today. Should be ready to
>bottle and store in about 3 months or maybe a little less. Tomorrow
>we're gonna start cooking down another batch of pears to make pear
>butter. That's if we don't eat all the pears first, they're really good
>this year. For a canning pear, Kieffer, they're nice and soft and sweet.
>Even Sleepy Dawg begs for a share. When our pear tree starts bearing,
>hopefully in another year or two, I hope they're the same type.