[gardeners] In the garden - when it's cool enough

George Shirley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Tue, 09 May 2000 15:35:23 -0500

Like Farmer Merten I'm starting to get the high temps of summer in early
May. According to my cheap thermometer it hit 90F in the shade today and
I believe it because it was HOT out there.

I'm so happy to have my Kentucky Wonder bush beans again. I'm picking
2.5 to 3 quarts every 2 days right now and the things are full of blooms
and beans at all stages of growth. 

Picked my first ripe tomato yesterday, a Burbank. Vine-ripened and now
chilled it will provide the base for our first bacon, lettuce, and
tomato sandwiches of the year tonight. The cukes have little cukes about
3 inches long now and the cranberry beans are starting to fill out their
little jackets. We're not picking peppers yet but it won't be long. Had
a nice mess of Swiss chard for dinner last night and it was still tasty
and it's showing no sign of flowering or getting tough yet. The
boysenberries are still providing enough for Miz Anne to have a handful
on her cold cereal in the mornings and for me to have 3 or 4 berries as
I pass by the vines. The red raspberries are showing green fruit and
blooms but we're still picking the blooms off the everbearing
strawberries. When June gets here we'll let them produce some berries
but want them to get some plant size first.

Well, guess I'll go pick some beans again.