[gardeners] Sunday in the garden

George Shirley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Sun, 10 Nov 2002 14:24:28 -0600

We've been out for a few hours doing a few chores that really needed
doing. Finally took out the 4-inch diameter peach limb that was trying
to destroy the fence. With only a small pruning saw and a pair of shears
it turned into a pretty good job. Also noted that the peach tree is
trying to bloom, very much early for that particular tree that bears in

It is in the high seventies and possibly as much as eighty F out today
with heavily overcast skies and the sun peeking through just enough to
keep Sleepy busy hunting a sunny spot to "rest" in. I came in for more
water and am soaking wet with sweat and we've had the air conditioning
on all day. Today is November 10th and it's hot here.

Picked about two quarts of ripe chiles and pulled out four of the ten
plants, they have had it so are now in the trash. Did get a chance to
pick a few sweet kumquats to snack on though.

The green beans we planted for fall are gone as is most of the lettuce.
Didn't die from cold, was washed completely out of the ground by some of
our rain. All the tomatoes and eggplant are done as is the okra so the
spring/summer garden is shot except for some chiles that are doing well
up on the hill. The fall garden is pitiful, cabbages and broccoli aren't
growing and half of them have either died or been blown away. Reckon we
will end up buying winter coles for our table.

Still, it is nice to be able to get out and do some things and for Miz
Anne, Sleepy, and myself to be out together for a change. Tomorrow it's
back to work for everyone by Sleepy and, I guess, she will be back to
running security for the property. Takes alertness to keep the squirrels

Life is good.