[gardeners] Monday in the garden

George Shirley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Mon, 10 Apr 2000 13:20:48 -0500

Too cold and windy yesterday so stayed in most of the day. This morning
I got up at 0530 and went off to work for an hour then back home to do
the paperwork for the job. Played with Sleepy for about 15 minutes then
changed into the overalls and out to the garden. I was pleasantly
surprised that my old overalls now fit again. Seems I have lost about 3
inches around my middle since I went on a diet and started exercising
again. Hurrah for me!!

Anyway, Miz Anne was rooting out the calendulas that did their winter
duty and making room for a small patch of corn and a stand of okra that
will be planted this afternoon. I rehung the netting that holds up the
cukes and the edible gourds and got it taut for the season. Fertilized
the blueberries, raspberries, and boysenberries and then a little
fertilizer around the peach tree which is setting fruit.

On to important things - the gas barbecue grill needed some serious
repairs involving cutting sheet metal, drilling holes, threading bolts,
etc, etc. ToolTime stuff with much man grunting and exclamations of joy
as things went back together properly. Tried it out and it works fine,
we may have a burnt offering of beef tonight to placate the little gods
of the tools. This is only our second gas grill in more than 20 years
and both of them were found at curbside and kept repaired until they
could be repaired no longer. This one seems as though it may last
another 5 or 10 years with reasonable care.

I'm off to the garden center to pick up 40 more lightweight cinder
blocks at $1.38 each plus tax. This will finish the surround on the
raised garden and the back side of the compost heap. Another 60 or so
will do the strip garden along the west fence but will have to wait
until we get another windfall.

Life is good.