[gardeners] This and that over the fence

George Shirley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Wed, 02 Aug 2000 20:23:48 -0500

Went out and worked a few hours this morning and then started putting solar film
on the kitchen window. A real pain (pun intended) as this window is over the
sink. Finally ended up sitting on the cabinet with my feet in the sink to do the
job. The window also had 12 panes, each 7.5 inches by 11 inches, real panes, not
a frame over a solid pane. It was much easier doing the master bedroom patio
door that faces west, big panes, easy to squeegee. Dreading tomorrow's project
as I am doing the 36 inch by 72 inch dining room window - about 40 panes in all.

We're already seeing a difference in how hard the air conditioning system works
in late afternoon though. Appears the bronze solar film in conjunction with the
drapes and/or venetian blinds does a better job than just drapes alone.

Our next project is going to be farmed out to a professional though. The front
door and sidelight need replacing. I'm thinking of going with the 36 inch steel
door with a sidelight that actually is a smaller door. Would give us a 60 inch
opening on the front of the house. Handy for bringing in big stuff, like the new
cabinets we eventually want to get.

Garden content is small, harvested a few okra pods and a lot of hot chiles this
afternoon. And, stand by, we actually have zucchini growing that isn't being
attacked by squash borers. Only planted about a month ago so maybe planting late
is the answer. Of course I sprayed beneficial nematodes a few months ago and I
hope they're helping too.

Yesterday and the day before we got 2.5 inches of rain and it has already soaked
in. Weatherman says maybe tomorrow we'll get some more. Come on rain.

Oh yeah, checked my sweet kumquat bush planted last year and it is loaded with
young fruit and blooms. We might get enough this fall to eat all we want and
still have enough to make some kumquat wine or something.

I'm falling asleep at the keyboard so goodnight to all.

Life is good.