[gardeners] Saturday in the garden

George Shirley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Sat, 27 Apr 2002 22:06:26 -0500

Today we pulled, cleaned, chopped, and froze the bunching onions planted last fall. We ended up with
about 25 bags, ranging in size from half pint to one quart, in the freezer. I think there will be
enough onions for cooking until next spring. B-)

The lawn is mowed and weed whacked and the gardens have been weeded. The blueberries are coming
right along, the boysenberries are turning red but the raspberries are still green. Both the peach
and the persimmon trees are loaded with fruit. With any luck we can keep the squirrels and grackles
out of them long enough to pick a few for ourselves.

Miz Anne is getting a half dozen strawberries each day from her six plants and that keeps her
craving for them in check. The Big Bertha bells have lots of fruit and blooms and some of the fruit
are 3 or 4 inches long and starting to get bigger around. The Husky cherry tomato is literally
covered with tomatoes but none are red yet. All of the other tomatoes are blooming and starting to
set fruit so it won't be long now.

The seeds planted in the last two weeks are coming up including the Ichiban eggplant, crowder peas,
cukes, zukes, and some more large sweet chiles. Even some of the hot chiles are peeking out of the
soil now. 

A light rain yesterday was a big help but we still need more. Tomorrow I will run the soaker hoses
on very low flow to see if we can deep water the plants. Will also take the bow saw to the two
cedars at the northwest corner of the house as they are interfering with the roof and other parts of
the house. It's time for them to go to the chipper that the city drags by each week along with the
dead parts of the lemon and fig trees.

Life is good.

George, Miz Anne, and Sleepy Dawg Shirley