[gardeners] Monday in the garden

George Shirley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Tue, 10 Oct 2000 10:21:10 -0500

Monday afternoon Miz Anne and I finally got all the seeds and plants in the fall
garden, about a month later than we usually do. We set out seedlings of cabbage
(12), broccoli (12), cauliflower (4); seeds of radish, lettuce, swiss chard, NZ
spinach, green beans, carrots, and about 100 scallion sets.

I had set the scallions out on Saturday and yesterday found that about half of
them had been pulled out of the ground. Replanted those and came in this morning
and found a few more pulled out. Sat for a bit and watched the garden and
discovered it was grackles. Walk by, pull the set out of the ground, walk to the
next, repeat the process. Don't know why they're doing it as they don't eat
them, just drop them. Two of them probably won't do it anymore as Sleepy darned
near caught them before they could fly away. Took and old pair of coveralls and
made a scarecrow that sorta flaps in the wind and took some strips of aluminum
foil and hung them about. Maybe that will stop the birds.

Anyhow, it's been cold down here, temps down in the low forties and a strong
north wind blowing along with high humidity. Makes for miserable days what with
the humidity. Forecast is for sunshine later today and the rest of the week so
maybe something will germinate and grow now.

Miz Anne hasn't had much time to garden lately what with teaching school
full-time and entering paintings in shows. She currently has paintings in shows
in Lake Charles, Jennings, and Baton Rouge, LA and Houston, TX and just finished
a show here in Sulphur. I'm quite proud of her accomplishments as you can tell.
the show in Baton Rouge is called, IIRC, Women in the Arts in Louisiana and
there were 458 entries of which 78 were juried into the show. I think that says
something about her work. She still mows the yard though. B-)

Back to work.