[gardeners] Our weekend in the garden

George Shirley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Mon, 18 Sep 2000 08:48:43 -0500

For the last few days we have had beautiful fall weather with morning temps
nearing 60F. This morning it was actually 59F with clear skies, will get to
probably 85 by 3 or 4 pm but that's better than 100 plus.

Saturday we got the main garden plot cleared of the old spring/summer stuff with
the exception of a a few sweet chile plants that are still producing well and
the okra which is still going strong. The chiles will be moved to the side bed,
which is completely clear of weeds and grass for the first time this year. 

The soil is mellow and damp as we have had 2.5 inches of rain in the last week
so the weeds were easy to pull, two garden cart loads of them.

Tomorrow I will go and buy our broccoli, cabbage, fall tomato, and a few other
plants to go in the garden. We usually buy a dozen Green Comet broccoli plants
as they do so well for us. Cabbage of any kind does well but we prefer the flat
head type. Our local feed store generally has the best plants so I called them
this morning and they expect the truck in from the nursery on Tuesday morning.
Told the owner what I wanted and he will reserve my share as they often run out

I will also plant green beans and possibly butter beans for a winter crop and
certainly carrots, beets, radishes, and lettuce. All the things that won't grow
for us in the summer due to the heat. We've both been looking forward to this
time of year with great expectations.

The weather has been so nice that we have spent most mornings of late outside
mowing, weeding, etc. Even our meals have been taken outside and Miss Sleepy
Dawg is full of energy and hunts, runs and jumps with abandon.

Yesterday we drove to Jennings, LA, a small town about 40 miles to the east and
dropped off one of Miz Anne's paintings at the Zigler Museum there. She has been
juried into their fall show and is quite happy with it. It's only been a month
ago that they sponsored her for a one-woman show and two months before that she
was in a four-person show they sponsored. I guess they like her work.

Jennings is a small town off of I10 and has many Victorian era homes along with
many nice homes of varying ages. We like the town and have discussed moving
there but there is no work for me except in this area and I don't want to drive
80 miles a day to work. We spent an enjoyable hour though just driving the
residential streets looking at the neatly kept homes and grounds. It is evident
there is much pride of ownership among the residents there.

Life is good.