[gardeners] Weekend in the garden

George Shirley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Sun, 12 May 2002 09:03:25 -0500

Yesterday the remaining grass on our property was mowed and weed whacked and the concrete portions
edged. Place looks nice for today, Mother's Day.

Yesterday evening I picked three large bell peppers (Big Bertha by name), a few scallions, some
garlic chives, and leaf celery. Along with some beef I had thinly sliced those made a nice pepper
steak dish for our evening meal. Sauce made with water, soy sauce and corn starch thickened it up
nicely and it was served over steamed rice.

The boysenberries are bearing along nicely with about two cups of berries a day coming our way. The
birds are getting a few too but that's their pay for eating bugs. The blueberries should start
ripening at the end of this month and the five remaining bushes are loaded (we started with ten).
The fig tree, although it lost half it's size to a late freeze, is loaded with figs and the
persimmon is loaded with fruit too. The peach tree, unfortunately, lost all of its fruit, just fell
off so it must have been stressed by that late freeze.

The green beans are showing blooms and the tomatoes are full of blooms but no fruit as yet other
than the few early cherry tomatoes we had. The bell and jalapeno peppers are covered with blooms,
small peppers, and the jalapenos have a number of fruit ready to pick. I'm anxious to try that one
as it supposed to be a TAM (Texas A & M) mild, may be just right for cheese poppers. 

The elderberries are covered with blooms and I still have a couple of quarts in the freezer. Reckon
I'll have to get busy and make jelly out of those in the freezer. The hot sauce is ready to strain
and bottle so may do that today. Looks like about 2 to 3 gallons worth so should have plenty.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mommas out there and enjoy your day.

Life is good.

George, Miz Anne, and Sleepy Dawg