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farm update

the first asparagus from our garden

homegrown and healthy!

It was a hard two or three years of waiting, but we finally had our first asparagus harvest, and boy were those four spears delicious! Well worth the wait, I can say without any doubt. Especially since I didn't have to do much work for them besides the initial planting and a little fertilizing and weeding. I just wish I had planted more than five plants, way back when (so long ago I don't even remember exactly)! When's the best time to plant asparagus? Two years ago, of course! Asparagus is pretty good stuff, providing as it does an edible product even earlier than that of the collard greens. Chives are even earlier, of course, but nowhere near as filling as a main course.

But it wasn't all harvesting and tasty eating at the squibix farm today—far from it. I also sowed the first seeds outside: peas, arugula, and spinach. It's on the late side for those cold-hardy crops, but with all the rain we've been having it took forever for the soil to dry out enough to be workable. The peas—super sugar snap—were a big hit last year, so I took extra care with their sowing. Spinach, on the other hand, is not a favorite of mine, and I also got to it last this afternoon; thus I'll be amazed if anything comes up at all.

In any case, it sure was nice to get out there and get some work done. There's plenty of dirt in the compost pile, the tomatoes and onions are still growing fine indoors, and things are looking good for the 2010 farming season! Long may it last.

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