New crowns

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We are adding two more rows of asparagus…it isn’t nearly enough!

New crowns

New crowns

A few spears have already come up…and have been harvested…and haven’t been shared. Fresh asparagus is beyond great! We may need more.

Going in…more ‘Purple Passion’ and ‘Jersey Supreme’

The process –

  • order crowns from reputable seed company (in this case, these two year old crowns come from Fedco out of Maine)
  • prepare the soil – re-created the raised beds, applied mineral (lime for calcium, potassium sulfate, boron, and feather meal as a nitrogen source), applied compost, till
  • dig a trench and cover bottom with compost
  • spread crown roots and cover
  • we will cover the newly planted crowns with a thick layer of straw mulch

Yum!

 

Tillage

Tillage

We are to the point now, with Daylight Savings and all, that we are working pretty much until we can no longer see our hands before our faces.

Jordan put in a full day at his regular jobs (yes, even on the weekends), worked on the Pig Palace, then went down the hill to start tilling “Phase Three” of our gardens.

Steps for breaking ground:

  1. mow the grass super short
  2. fire up the beast (our tractor)
  3. be ready to walk a bit

Here’s a shot from this morning:

Another view

Another view

Phase three will get some compost and raised beds made like Phase two garden in the background, then it will hold our corn and pumpkins this year. If we don’t cover crop it this fall/winter, it will get a healthy covering of the rye straw.