[gardeners] Bastrop county gardening

Allen Merten (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Wed, 8 Mar 2000 20:51:46 -0600

Hi All,
    I managed in 3 days mind you, to plant 4 short rows of G-90 Sweet Corn,
11 hills of French Mini-cucumbers, and about 10 feet of fence with Blue Lake
pole beans.
    I'm planning on planting 4 more rows of corn by Friday. Judy is trying
to locate some Bonnie Plant tomatos and peppers to transplant this weekend.
We're looking for Merced, Bingo, Carnival, Celebrity tomatos; Cubanelle, Big
Bertha, Jupiter, and Banana sweet peppers, Jalapeno Grande, Habanero,
Serrano, Ancho, Anaheim, Poblano hot peppers. Anybody got any suggestions on
favorite peppers?
    I'm sure that all of you have heard the old saw about "this handle
doesn't fit my hand". By the time I had planted the 4 rows of corn, my hand
did indeed "fit" the handle of the rake. I had to slide my hand off the
handle, 'cause I couldn't get it to "ungrip"! {;-)
    Yall ought to see my set up in the garden. I have a canvas sling type
chair with arm rests, 5 gal. bucket with gardening book, bird books,
binoculars, garden journal, baby food jars with seeds in them, portable
phone, row markers, felt tip pen, measuring tape, pencil, gardening
scissors. I have a big insulated mug full of iced tea in the afternoon,
coffee in the morning on another 5 gal. bucket turned upside down. I've
placed my chair in the sunshine in the morning, shade in the afternoon.
Gardening ala Reilly, boy, it's the life!!
    I'd rather rest out in the garden, watching and listening to all the
birds that reside here or pass through, than watch daytime tv. We're
apparently under a very busy flyway. We see and play host to around 200 bird
species annually.
    The potato sprouts have broken through the ground. I was a little
worried about them rotting. I watered them in after planting. The next day
we got 1-1/2 inches of rain. I always worry about the potatos until they
sprout. Some years I worry that they are too dry. {;-)
    The ol' hand is working ok tonight. I have babbled on enough.
    George, do you think the Ponderosa Lemon would grow in Bastrop County?
    Thanks for the good wishes.
    Happy Gardening,
    Bastrop Co., SE Central Tx.
    Zone 8