Re: [gardeners] Bastrop Gardening and OT stuff

Allen and Judy Merten (
Thu, 20 Jan 2000 17:49:40 -0600

Hi Martha,
    Same here with the grasshoppers. We have had the 3rd mild winter
in a row. Last summer the grasshoppers were a plague. They would get
on the birdfeeders and eat the sunflower seeds that I put out for the
birds. I kept hoping for a flock of seagulls. I am going to get some
ducks this spring. I have read that they are heck on grasshoppers. I
know turkeys are. Maybe, we'll get turkeys, too.
    There is a BT type product for grasshoppers. I am going to use it
this year.
    Thank you for the kind thoughts about my back. So far, I'm not
impressed with the alleged super pain killer. Maybe the hype made me
expect more.
    Bastrop Co., SE Central Tx.
    Zone 8, where we have been setting record highs all month - 88*
tops so far

Martha Brown wrote:

> Allen,
> I hope the new medication will allow you to be if not pain free
> at least tolerable.  As you said Thank Goodness for insurance
> giving you the ability to improve the quality of your life.
> Your reports on planting onions almost make me want to plant some
> but the only time I had onions do well the grasshoppers ate them
> right out of the ground.  If we don't get some winter the
> grasshoppers and other bugs will probably mow everything in their
> path this summer.
> Martha
> M Brown
> NW Oklahoma, USA
> USDA Zone 6b,  Sunset Zone 35
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Allen and Judy Merten <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2000 11:17 PM
> Subject: [gardeners] Bastrop Gardening and OT stuff
> | Hi All,
> |     I managed to plant more onions today. We have 100 1015Ys,
> 100
> | White Granex, 123 Green Bunching Onions, for a total of 323
> | onions so far. I'm still trying to locate some Candy onions
> | locally. I looked at some in the catalogues, but I'm not paying
> | 6.95 per bunch + shipping.
> |     The Fire Ant wars of the 21st Century have begun. I think
> | it's a stalemate so far.
> |     I went to a Pain Management Clinic, Tuesday. I had to go
> | through a bunch of "range of motion" tests. They really know
> | there business there. They managed to increase my pain X 10.
> When
> | we left, I got a wheel chair ride. Diagnosis is advanced
> | degenerative disc disease. Changed Rx to a morphine derivative.
> | Doc said it would improve the quality of my life. It's a
> | triplicate Rx, very tightly controlled. Not all drug stores
> will
> | carry it. Judy got the Rx filled at the pharmacy at the
> hospital
> | where she works. The pharmacist asked her "what did you do to
> | him?" {;-) You wouldn't believe the price! It costs $419.00 for
> | 100 of them!! Thank goodness for insurance. The rx cost us
> | $20.00.
> |     Took the first one tonight. Too soon to tell if it is as
> good
> | as the Doctor says it is. The test will be in the garden
> tomorrow
> | morning.
> |     We set a new high temp. of 88 today!! Nother new record.
> | Allen
> | Bastrop Co., SE Central Tx.
> | Zone 8
> |
> |