Re: [gardeners] Sunday in the garden

David G. Smith (
Sun, 15 Aug 1999 20:33:59 -0400

We got the cold front last night, too, but only about 1/10 inch of rain.
It stayed cloudy a lot of the day and not too hot.

I cut some herbs to dry yesterday -- basil, rosemary, savory (summer and
winter), sage, thyme, and tarragon.  I thought I ought to get some chives
but I wasn't sure what to do with it.  I guess they need to be on a rack or
other flat surface for drying, not hanging up in a bunch.

The purple-hull peas are doing great in the heat and drought.  I haven't
noticed them wilting at all (I do water them some).  They seem to always
have some wasps on them, I wonder why?  Soon I'll be wondering how to tell
when they're ready.  When the peas are as big as they get, I guess, like
green peas -- of course, I don't know how big they get.

Our dogs are sick, we don't know exactly what the problem is.  The vet
seems to think probably a not-too-dangerous bug of some sort.  It sure is
messy, though.

Life will seem a little better once they're over it.


At 10:40 AM 8/15/99 -0500, you wrote:
>Got up before dawn cracked the first time and went out to get the paper.
>"Surprise, surprise" to paraphrase Gomer Pyle, it was cool, estimate low
>seventies. We got about 1.5 inches of rain in less than an hour last
>evening and a front obviously moved in. It's now 10:33 am and the heat
>is going up so reckon it's over.
>In the between time I went out and surveyed my part of our domain,
>mostly the herbs, fruit trees, brambles, and blueberries. All are
>looking healthy and the herbs need a good trimming. So, harvested
>oregano, flat-leaf parsley (wish Miz Anne had saved the package off that
>parsley, it's grown all summer without bolting and has a good strong
>parsley flavor), thyme, winter savory, leaf celery, onion and garlic
>chives, Mexican Mint Marigold, and, for the first time, some bronze
>Picked a mess of chiles for chopping and freezing to use later and a
>couple of cukes from the second planting of those.
>It was a nice couple of hours for all three of us if you count Miss
>Sleepy Dawg. She, in particular, had a blast running about in the coolth
>of the morning and looking for varmints that might be hiding in odd
>corners. She's sleeping the sleep of the worn-out professional lap dog
>at the moment, got her head lying on my right foot there under the desk.
>Miz Anne just got in from Mass and went back out to poke about in one or
>more flower beds and to do a check on weed growth.
>Life is indeed good.