[gardeners] steroid injections

Allen Merten (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Fri, 7 Apr 2000 02:31:04 -0500

Hi George,
    Is your VA hospital in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, or Shreveport?
    Are the Louisiana wildflowers in bloom? The ones in Texas are bustin'
out all over. It makes the ride to Austin to get my steroid injections a
little more bearable.
    The Bluebonnets are having a much better spring than most had predicted
or expected. They have to overwinter as a rosette, grow and bloom in the
spring. The drought last fall was what had created the doubt about all the
wildflowers that have that same growth habit.
    I'm glad to hear that your injections are helping you. I have had 2 sets
of 3 in my cervical spine. The second was today. The first one helped quite
a bit. I didn't have as many stingers this week. My right hand worked better
    I can't tell how much good Thursdays injections worked. I had PT
Wednesday, "deep massage". It's blunt trauma, lots of pain Wednesday night,
Thursday and this morning. Can't sleep, so I'm catching up on email.
    We have been eating cabbage, broccoli, turnips, and onions from the
garden. It looks like we will get Kohl Rabi and cauliflower before it gets
to hot. The Kohl Rabi is showing bulbing of the stem. The cauliflower has
begun to hold it's leaves almost vertically like it does when it starts to
head. Onions are tennis ball sized. We may get some soft ball sized onions
by June after all. The broccoli plants that have had the center head cut are
producing side heads now. I have several heads of Rio Verde cabbage to cut.
Judy has promised to make a bunch of egg rolls to freeze. She makes good
ones, too!! It's usually a close fight when the crowd is here, to get a
share of them. Our daughter made some cabbage rolls out of the first cabbage
that we cut. I surprised her when she got the first one. I love cabbage.
I've found only one way that I don't like it fixed. Cole slaw made with
mayo. Horrid stuff!! We did find a BBQ place in Austin that makes a cole
slaw more like a wilted salad. That's pretty good.
    The tomatos and peppers are all blooming. Can't wait for them to start
getting ripe.
    Rip off Prices:
HEB, a local grocery chain, had a little plastic bag of cherry tomatos, 10
oz., $2.99. I could have held them all in one hand. Not organic, just
    Seed catalog has an offer of 10 little seed potatos( certified) for
$7.95. The blurb says you should expect to get about 30 lbs. from them. That
is some kind of high price for seed potatos. I pay 39-49 cents per pound for
certified seed potatos.
    The G-90 sweet corn and green beans are doing well too.
    Happy Gardening,
    Bastrop Co., SE Central Tx.
    Zone 8