Re: [gardeners] Saturday in the garden

David G. Smith (
Sun, 16 Jan 2000 11:24:15 -0500

At 02:27 PM 1/15/00 -0600, you wrote:
>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.
What can you tell us about Burmese Okra?  That's a new one for me.


>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