Friday, June 4, 2010


The asparagus bed got off to a rocky start this year. Winter 2009 set in early and hard before I got it weeded, fertilized or mulched. Weather stayed cold and wet in the spring until it started sending up spears. I did finally get it cleaned up and it got down to business producing. I love having lots of asparagus to eat and to share. I even got my neighbors, self-described picky eaters to try it. Bob brings me bags of cucumbers and tomatoes all summer so I was glad to reciprocate.

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The herb bed became infested with wire grass. I spent a day digging it out along with a large dead rosemary bush. That gave me a clear space for the basil and other annuals in a good sunny spot.

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Moving the basil gave me a little more room for greens. I always say I'm not going to bother with vegetables and then always decide to plant a few. This year it is the Mystery Vegetable at the back. It's a surprise for a friend who remembers it as a childhood treat. It will be harvested in the fall and then I can tell you what it is.

In front of that is some chard, then parsley. Buttercrunch lettuce is to the right. It has been struggling in a heat wave. I hope some will head up before it bolts.

In the fall I will plant some weird kale called variously Lacinato, Tuscan or Dinosaur kale. It has very dark leathery leaves, not curly edged like most kale. It makes a wonderful tangy salad. The kale is stemmed, sliced very finely, dressed with olive oil and lemon juice and then tossed with mix-ins. This week that is radishes, young local garlic and scallions. I could eat a bucket.

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  1. Like this blog entry as you talk more on the vegetable garden. Interesting information on asparagus and basil. I grow the same and other greens like yourself. What climate are you in? I'm in the cool/cold climate and this type of climate doesn't stop a healthy and full vegatable garden during the year. I'm based just north of Canberra in Australia. When you have a chance, visit my blog....

    Thanks, great blog.

    Regards Steve the VegyGardener.

  2. I love asparagus. :) I'm a bit of a picky eater myself...but, I guess I learned to like it early on when my dad grew it in his garden. Now I'm growing it myself.

    I have to say eating FRESH asparagus makes all of the difference. Your now-a-little-less-picky neighbors got the good stuff. Maybe that is why they've learned to like it. :)


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