[gardeners] Wednesday - not in the garden

George Shirley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Wed, 24 Jul 2002 15:22:33 -0500

Had to go out for an hour this morning and earn a little spending cash. Good thing, the plumber I've
been waiting on for three months finally showed up. $75.00 to put two new hose bibbs in the utility
room and to redo the piping atop the water heater. Going to have to wait to get the line from the
city hookup to the house replaced, guy says he can't work outside with the heat index in triple
digits, too much in and out of air conditioned houses.

We spent a little time in the garden this morning, picking okra and tomatoes actually. I just
noticed that one of my volunteer tomatoes has green uns on it and it's a yellow pear, my favorite
for eating out of hand. Also found a volunteer Aji Lemon de Peru hot chile loaded with little fruit.
If this little volunteer is as prolific as the one I deliberately grew last year I will get about 2
gallons of chiles from it. Looks like I might have to make some yellow hot sauce again.

Miz Anne has been dusting and putting things back in the family room. We found garden brochures and
other junk going back to 1986, lots going in the garbage as useless now. Finally found the owners
manual to my Mantis tiller, tucked into the back of a bookcase, sheesh, how did I do that?

On the lighter side, we put up 4 pints of fig jam today, a beautiful amber color and tasty. In
addition I baked a 2-lb banana nut bread and now have a multi-grain loaf in the bread machine. The
grains used are whole wheat, regular bread flour, rye flour, cornmeal, wheat bran, and rolled oats.
Along with molasses, egg yolks, and a little yeast and vital gluten it should bake up pretty good in
another 3 hours.

I think I'm going to join Sleepy for a nap, I'm pooped, it's been a long time since 0400.