Re: [gardeners] Wednesday at work and in the garden

George Shirley (
Thu, 17 Aug 2000 12:41:34 -0500

You might should have planted rice. Some of our farmers are dependent upon
rainfall for water for their rice and sugar cane crops. We aren't getting any
rain. We would about kill for that 5.25 inches you got, that's what used to be
our average monthly rainfall. In 1991 we got right at 100 inches of rain,
flooding of rivers lasted about two days. At the moment fishermen are catching
oceanic jacks at the saltwater barrier several miles above Lake Charles, LA. No
fresh water to speak of is coming down the river but the salt water fishing at
the Civic Center in town is great.

Wish I had your tomato crop though, ours was about 20 quarts or less and then
the plants faded with the heat. Even the heat resistant varieties aren't doing
well. Hot chiles on the other hand, Ay, Chihuahua! Lots of them.


penny x stamm wrote:
> George,  your harvest is enviable, even if the heat is not. Did I
> tell y'all that we reached a high of 66* on Monday...?  What a
> bizarre August!  Have had so far 5.25 inches of rain the first
> 14 days, and it seems never to stop. The big thunder storm hit
> us at 5:00am, and since we had only gone to bed at 4:30, I
> didn't mind getting up to disconnect both computers. The
> frustrating part of it was that only 30 minutes north of here,
> there was no storm, and at 6:00am the sky was alight with
> a yellow-orange glow, a phenomenon I've been anxiously
> searching for, for weeks -- only the constant clouds have
> blocked my view.
> So far we have harvested 2 snow peas, a total crop,
> but our 3rd artichoke is growing very fast. The tomatoes are
> something else -- I think I'll have to set up a roadside stand
> just to give 'em away, there are so many!  My cousin gave me
> unknown seedlings, and one bush has oversized cherry
> tomatoes which look like a television ad -- lots of fun to pop in
> the mouth, and chomp.  The pineapple sits in its nest of long,
> narrow leaves, very much like a crown on display.  I don't
> see much growth in it, but without any sunshine at all, what
> could I expect...? As the workers hereabouts are inclined to
> say, demasiado agua sobre la presa -- too darned much water
> over the dam!
> I think we should have planted rice.
> Penny, NY
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