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Re: Progress report

Weather just getting good here, and I'm off to a meeting tomorrow  
until Sunday. (Story of my life...) My veggie garden looks pathetic -  
freeze blasted snow peas (yes, they will come back, but I bet the  
heat will get them before I can harvest much) and the lettuce and  
spinach have not progressed beyond seed leaves (which was where they  
were before the week of freezing temperatures). The radish and  
carrots haven't even ventured above the ground. The seeds I started  
indoors are up, but they will have to be left to the tender mercies  
of the new teenager we will be paying to come in to feed cats and  
fish and water plants. God only knows if they will be alive when I  
return. On a positive note, I think my Acer japonicum might just  
bounce back!

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Apr 16, 2007, at 12:28 PM, james singer wrote:

> Vegetables. Just harvested the fourth mess of collard greens, the  
> third mess of choi sum, and the second mess of poblano peppers  
> [four]. Don't know how much longer these collards will continue to  
> produce. Right now, the stems are about 6 inches tall with three- 
> four small leaves on top. To continue much longer, they'll probably  
> have to defy gravity. With the choi sum, you have to cut the whole  
> plant, so this will be the last harvest until I plant more--but not  
> sure where I can do that, so this may be the last for awhile.
> Herbs. We have large pots of rosemary, basil [Italian], dill,  
> spearmint, and Jamaican mint scattered around the yard, and  
> cuttings of basil, rosemary, and spearmint rooting in water in the  
> kitchen. We were unsuccessful in finding African basil plants the  
> last few years, so we're going to try to keep a supply of the  
> Italian variety going indoors through the summer. We've already  
> dried quite a bit of mint [mint is almost a staple in Turkish  
> cooking], basil, and rosemary--as well as the Turkish peppers and  
> bay leaves.
> Fruits. Mangos may be iffy this year. On the first bloom, the  
> oldest tree appears to have set four fruit [this tree usually  
> produces about 50]; the other two trees had no set that I can see  
> from that bloom. From the second bloom, it looks like the oldest  
> tree may be back to expectations, but it's too early to tell about  
> the other two. I've begun to see gumdrop-size baby fruit on the  
> avocado, but no idea how many; it just finished blooming. Meyer  
> lemon has several walnut sized fruits, but it's still blooming.  
> Tangelo is a mass of blooms--you can smell it 50 feet away--and  
> that good, because we need a big crop for next winter's juice  
> supply [it takes 18-20 fruits to yield a 1/2 gallon of juice].
> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> 27.1 N, 82.4 W
> Hardiness Zone 10
> Heat Zone 10
> Sunset Zone 25
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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