Re: [gardeners] Saturday in the garden

margaret lauterbach (
Sun, 28 May 2000 09:31:45 -0600

>Picked a few tomatoes, three or four Ichiban eggplant, some NZ spinach, and a
>bit of chard. Still no edible gourds, don't know what's wrong with them. The
>gourds come on good, get about 4 inches long and as big around as a ballpoint
>pen and then fall off or shrivel up. The chiles are blooming like crazy and
>setting fruit but only a few are getting ready to use. The Large Cherry and
>Margaret's Rista Red are loaded with fruit and I hope they ripen soon.
It's been
>so dry that the Thai Hots turn red and dry out the same day. I'm reduced to
>picking them at night.
>Life is good.
>Lonely George and Sleepy
George, about your gourds. Rodale's Garden Problem Solver says that when
that happens to summer squash it's because of overwatering. Can't you shake
your fist at the heavens? Guess it didn't do Beethoven any good either. I
wonder, though, are your male blossoms blooming? You might try pollinating
the female blossoms with a tiny paint brush (don't use one of Anne's good
brushes, she'll kill us both). Might help. Margaret