[gardeners] Friday in the garden

George Shirley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Fri, 25 Aug 2000 21:07:49 -0500

The heat index here today was 107F and I believe it must be close to that as I
write this. Went out about 7:30 pm and picked sweet and hot chiles and eggplant.
Green beans are still blooming but haven't produced any beans yet while the
brown crowders are about ready to pick. Looking forward to a good mess of
crowder peas and corn bread.

The zucchinis I had high hopes for made big beautiful plants and almost
overnight the squash borers found them. They're now dead and in the trash can. I
dug all around where they were planted, ensuring that the soil was turned over.
Hopefully this will help get rid of the borers that are lying in wait in the
soil. Didn't find many grubs of any kind so I'm hoping the beneficial nematodes
have been doing their thing. If we get enough winter rain I think I will spray
the nematodes again in the spring.

We are still in severe drought conditions here regardless of the two inches of
rain we've received lately. Tomorrow I'm going to have to turn on the soaker
hoses again.

The daughter and two of her kids are coming over tomorrow to visit. Reckon I'll
send her home with a couple of brugmansia starts and a small orchid tree I grew
from seed. She has a nice sunroom in her house and the orchid tree should do
well in there. The old angel trumpets will do well on the south side of her
house and they've already proved they're bloomers.

Hope all are having better gardening luck than we are at the moment. Still, I
have to say - life is good.