Monday, April 5, 2010

Monday Garden Club

Amazingly there is a lot to report. The asparagus has sprung out of the ground. I highlighted it with some fancy Photoshop tricks for your pleasure. I assure you, it is even more amazing in person. Ta-da!

We buried the spears a couple inches deeper this weekend. Apparently, we are supposed to do this every 2 to 3 weeks until we fill a 6" trench. The deeper you bury asparagus the thicker the more robust the spears. Even next year we can only lightly harvest them or we will reduce future yield. It'll be a good two years before we have a good crop. Asparagus is the 2nd favorite vegetable in our house despite what it does to our pee.

I've been watering the broccoli a good amount with all the heat we have been getting and some seem to be doing better than others. Below is one of the better looking ones. We are going to have 87 degree temperatures tomorrow and Wednesday before it cools back down to the mid-60's. Crazy.

Packman is the broccoli variety to grow in VA with a quick 50 day sow-to-maturity date.

Below, the strawberries are poking out. Apparently my step-dad Mike use to have acres of strawberries on the farm where he grew up on in Kentucky and he gave me some pointers including making sure we mulch the beds with straw and to take off the buds this year and to not harvest them the 1st season.

Our onions, garlic, and shallots are continuing to do well. They have really taken off. Below is a pic of the onions. Our peas have shot up quite a bit but I will hold on taking a picture of that when they are just a bit more substantial.

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Blogger Aliceson said...

Wow! Everything looks great! We planted asparagus 3 years ago and last year the spears were still very spindly and small. I'm hoping this year to be a little more aggressive with them by working around them with some of our almost ready batch of compost. Hopefully that will bulk them up a bit and give us more to harvest.

Broccoli looks great too, hang in there, little guys!

I haven't put together my garden post for today yet (or even taken the photos yet!) but when I do, I'll add your link!

April 5, 2010 at 9:15 AM  

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