[gardeners] Saturday in the garden

George Shirley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Sat, 15 Jan 2000 14:27:35 -0600

Went out today and pulled the starter pots and flats out of the
greenhouse. Made up a solution of bleach and water in a 35 gallon trash
can and soaked them for four hours. They're now dripping dry and airing
out. Once they're ready I'll fill with potting soil and then water them
heavily and let sit for 12-16 hours to make sure they're good and wet.
Then the seeds will go in and under the plastic wrap and the lights
they'll go.

I'm going to start seeds for Lagenaria Longissima (edible gourd), Early
Large Red, Hungarian Paste, and Burbank tomatoes, Ichiban and Louisiana
Long Green eggplant. For chiles I'm starting Large Cherry, Longhorn,
Pasilla, Long Thai, and Red Chile. Found some more rosemary seeds so
probably will start those a little later. Also will start the two seeds
for Orchid Tree that I have.

In another month we'll be direct planting Burmese Okra, Corsican Flat
Gourds (AKA dinner bowl gourds), White Lisbon bunching onions (seeds),
Golden Queen corn, Florence Fennel, and something new. I filled the
voids in some cinder blocks that line the garden and will be starting
nasturtiums and calendulas in those.

Also today I harvested a big batch of Chard, the red stem kind, looks
like beet greens. Munched a few stems as I went, right tasty. Picked
about a 2-gallon bucket full of broccoli and took out one head of
cauliflower. The cauliflower is about the size of 10 inch dinner plate
in diameter. Got one more just like it still growing. This is the second
picking on the broccoli.

Pulled out the old chile plants that got frost bit a week or so ago and
put them in the trash pile. Miz Anne was picking up leaves with the
lawnmower and hit a brick bat that had gotten out in the yard. Now the
mowers got to go to the shop, sounds and feels like the shaft is bent.
Drat! Now the rest of the leaves won't get chopped, guess we'll compost
them whole.

Better go and get the harvest blanched and frozen. Beautiful day today,
lots of sunshine and about 60-65F out there. Supposed to be warmer