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4th weather/odds-ends


We've had storms here from about 2pm on.  Raining again now at 9:30pm.  Not
much point in going to any fireworks.  Fortunately I spent some time this am
on outside projects. Staked some more lilies, thank goodness, because the
winds and hail have been severe.  I built myself a potting bench.  Never
understood why potting benches are built so you have to stand.  I bought one
of those bench kits that converts to a table.  Came out very well, IIDSSM.

I also picked up a huge cabinet for my home office, I guess actually an
armoire. 72x20x32, 3 drawers and 3 shelves in the upper doored section.  Got
such a deal!  After markdown, display discount, and coupon, only $65.  One
of the drawers needed to be redrilled as the screw holes were stripped.
Getting this thing home and then into the house and back to my study was a
real trip, all the while the humidity was unbelievable.

I actually watered some things late afternoon yesterday and this am,
because, even though I knew it would rain, you can't be sure it'll be
enough. and my beautiful Bluebird Hydrangea was drooping.  Couldn't wait.
Well, we've definitely received plenty of rain.  Temps were in the 90s,
feeling like 100, but the rain seems to be bringing it down.  Have been
quite thrilled about getting the new a/c.

Kitty

----- Original Message -----
From: "Donna" <justme@prairieinet.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, July 04, 2003 5:53 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] tomatillos


> Theresa,
> How many plants do you have? Here is what I found listed:
>
> . . . and Tomatillos . . .
> We would really encourage people to try the tomatillos, which are always
> a big success for us. In fact we get so many fruit we don't know what to
> do with them all. The plants are productive and easy to grow, the small
> fruit in a papery husk are related to the tomato and are used similarly.
> Tomatillos are usually used to make fresh salsas (with chilli, onion,
> tomato, fresh coriander & nacho chips -mmm!), but you can also add them
> to pasta sauces etc.
>
> Please note that if you want to save seed from your tomatillos (which is
> very easy to do) you should grow only one variety, as they will cross.
> They are not self compatible (i.e. they need to be pollinated by pollen
> from another plant), so you do need to grow more than one plant to get
> fruit.
>
>
>
> 20072 'Verde Pueblo' Tomatillo
> This tomatillo not only produces lots of large pale yellow-green fruit,
> but unusually, has a very mild skin and is nice to eat raw. Thus ideal
> for salsas (recipe included), but also makes a rich spaghetti sauce.
>
> Sprawling type. Pale green fruit, good flavour.
> #1.50 - 30 seeds
>
> snipped from: www.vidaverde.co.uk/ tomatoes.html
>
> My tomatoes are still small and green..... darn....
>
> Donna
> Who is heading to see the fireworks and wondering why we have to go
> there three hours early to get a good seat- duh- they are in the
> sky!.... It is so darn hot and humid out, had to come home and shower to
> cool off after the bbq.....thankfully my a/c is working! Local news says
> it feels like a 101degrees... Isn't this Pam's weather-- why is it in
> Northern Illinois?!?
>
> > Hi all-
> >
> > I have a wonderful tomatillo plant growing this year- the think is
> huge, I
> > keep pruning it on one side, so that it doesn't completely engulf my
> > habanero peppers.  The problem is, it has zillions of flowers on in-
> but
> > has
> > yet to make one fruit.  Any idea why???  This is the first year I've
> grown
> > these.
> >
> > Theresa
> >
> > P.S.  I've been eating cherry tomatos for a few weeks, but today I ate
> my
> > first full sized tomato from the garden.  I love summer!!!  Oh, and
> the
> > tomato seed Jim Singer sent me (some kind of Mexican variety as I
> recall)
> > are really good!
>
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