Re: [gardeners] In the garden - Wednesday

Ron Hay (
Wed, 27 Oct 1999 08:37:59 -0700

Good moring, George.

Lovely narrative as usual. Could you please enlighten me as to what a mayhaw
tree is?



George Shirley wrote:

> Got up before daylight and got ready to go out and work for bux. Foggy
> as the dickens so carefully drove to 3 different clients shops and then
> back home by 1000. Still somewhat misty, pretty cool temps (60's?) but
> the sun was breaking through the fog so took a stroll around the
> gardens. Picked a few ripe chiles for the hot sauce crock, pulled a
> yellow eyed bean for snacking and shared it with Sleepy Dawg, and then
> decided to take a look at the flowers. Nearly every flower had a mason
> or orchard bee hanging in it snoozing. Pretty neat, looked like little
> yellow and black striped fuzzies snoozing on a pillow. Once the sun is
> fully out the girls will go back to work pollinating. Reckon I'm gonna
> have to make some more nest blocks for them as the ones I had out are
> full already. There are some dead limbs way up high in the oak trees and
> I suspect many of them are drilling nests in those.
> Since we don't see many honey bees around anymore I encourage the mason
> and orchard bees by providing nest blocks for them and we have a lot of
> them pollinating things around here on a regular basis. The winter crops
> are doing well and the lemons and kumquats are getting closer to picking
> every day. Would dearly love to have a couple of apple trees but have no
> space left for them. If the mayhaw trees don't bear next year they're
> gonna be yanked out and apples planted in their place. I warned them
> this spring that this might be their last year but to no avail. Might
> try whipping them with a chain. My FIL advocated this method when fruit
> trees would quit bearing. Said you could beat them with a board or a
> chain and they would set fruit one more time. I just don't think I could
> do that after babying these things for 9 years. Oh well, apples may do
> better.
> Gotta go now, a friend is having an emergency, needs help picking his
> chiles, so reckon I'll go help him. He gets upset if I eat too many of
> them while I'm picking though. ;-)
> Happy gardening.
> George