Re: [gardeners] Saturday in the garden (written a day later)

David G. Smith (
Mon, 3 Jul 2000 08:49:20 -0400

How's that Burmese okra?  I'd like to try that next year if you give it a
good review.

I put down about 500 square feet of 8" ceramic tile in our basement.  I'm
very pleased with the results.  One thing I might do differently if I was to
do it over would be to spend a little more and get a tile saw.  I used a
thing like a big glass cutter on a track -- you score a line across the tile
and then break it.  (I'm sure you've seen them at the Home Depot.)
Sometimes the break veers from the line, and it's very hard to cut a small
piece.  I wasted a lot of tile with bad cuts, and put some pieces down that
didn't really fit right.

Not a lot of excitement in our garden.  The tomatoes are about to bloom.
This year I think I finally have tomato stakes that won't break, bend, or
fall over in the wind -- pressure treated 8 foot 2x2's driven 18 inches into
the ground.  We had a handful of green beans Saturday.  We've had all the
rain we can use, so everything (including weeds) is growing fine.  The early
plating of corn is starting to tassle.

We had an illegal fireworks story in the news here a few weeks back.
Someone had several tons of fireworks in their house and in a shed on their
property.  In a residential area!

Happy Fourth of July to everyone.


----- Original Message -----
From: George Shirley <>
To: Gardeners List <>
Sent: Sunday, July 02, 2000 10:21 AM
Subject: [gardeners] Saturday in the garden (written a day later)

> Saturday we got the backyard mowed and weed whacked and went on to picking
> stuff. Got 9 nice Ichiban eggplant, several Burmese okra pods, 18 ears of
> (not bad off a patch 30 inches wide X 10 feet long), a double handful of
> and a small amount of elder berries. Next it was time to weed the herb bed
> thin the going wild Greek Oregano. Took out a 3-gallon bucket of oregano
> has been washed and is now air drying in the kitchen. Next it goes into
> dehydrator for later use. There is still more to thin and harvest but
> taking today off.
> Both of us were very tired after an intensive several hours in the garden,
> luckily interrupted by rain showers that kept the day reasonably cool.
> Reasonably being anything below 90F. While it was raining I worked on the
> measurements and bill of materials to enclose the carport and turn it into
> garage. It doesn't look like it will be terribly expensive so my friend
Sam and
> I will probably start on it in September. Get the garage blocked in and
> start laying 12X12 ceramic tiles in his large den. Eventually he will take
> tiles through the kitchen, dining room, front hall, and the small office
he has
> by the front door. Lots and lots of tile but should be fairly easy if
taken in
> stages. We have big dreams and have been to Home Depot University several
> learning how to do the things necessary to fulfull those dreams. Not much
> for two old semi-retired f**ts to do is there?
> Hope all enjoy the Fourth of July weekend and also hope you remember what
> means to all US citizens. Celebrate safely and leave the fireworks to the
> professionals.
> George, Miz Anne, and Sleepy Dawg