Re: [gardeners] Bastrop County Gardening

George Shirley (
Mon, 27 Mar 2000 07:28:02 -0600

Allen Merten wrote:
> Hi All,
>     Slowly but surely we are getting our garden planted. I have never taken
> so long to get things done. It gets frustrating many times.
>      Some of the first things that we planted are nearing maturity.
> Meanwhile I am still planting tomatos and  peppers. I got my hands on some
> cantaloupe and watermelon seeds. My family didn't think I was going to plant
> any this year. Ha!! I got to have my melons. What's summer without melons?
>     I haven't planted as many tomato plants this year like the past few
> years, when I planted over 100. I have instead gone for variety. I planted
> one 6 or 9 pack of each of these; Brandywine, Black Brandywine, Better Boy,
> Celebrity, Merced, Super Fantastic, and about a dozen of the volunteer
> tomato plants. I am still confused about which cherry tomato this plants are
> going to be. I remember planting Sweet 100. My records show Small Fry. The
> last years volunteer cherry tomatos were indeterminate. Small Fry is
> supposed to be determinant.  So its still a guess. We have given away nearly
> 100 of the plants so far. There are still several hundred out in the garden,
> like nut grass. I hate to kill a tomato plant. They are in the way of
> progress. I wish some of you were close enough to give some of these plants
> to. The plants are really stocky, with a wide canopy of leaves.
>     I went pepper crazy this year, too. Lots of variety, not so much in
> numbers. Hot Peppers; Anaheim Chili, Ancho, Habanero, Jalapeno, Chile
> Pequin. Sweet Peppers; Banana, Big Bertha, Ivory Bell, Jupiter.
>     George, would you please post your recipe and method for your fermented
> pepper sauce?
>     Our onions are doing great, some are have bulbs larger than golf balls
> already. I'm looking for baseball size and larger by maturity
>     We have, surprisingly, gotten just about enough rain for the last 3
> weeks that I haven't had to do any supplemental watering. I tell you, after
> being in a drought for 3 of the last 4 years, it feels strange. Last week we
> had 2.2 inches of rain in one 24 hour period. That is the most rain at one
> time since 1997. It is the 2nd highest amount since we moved here.
>     All of the veggies in our garden are doing very well. I hope the rest of
> the list members are having the same results.
>     Light rain is falling as I type.
> Allen
> Bastrop Co., SE Central Tx.
> Zone 8

Some of us are, we've gotten about 4 inches of rain in the past week,
rained heavily again last night. Enough strong winds and lightening to
make Sleepy Dawg come ask to get in bed with us. She burrowed all the
way down to my feet under the covers. Everything is fresh and green this
morning and, sadly, I've got two days of work to try to get done today
so will be out and about every where but home.

Will post the hot sauce recipe separately.