Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Squid, swimming in the dirt

Does it look like a squid to you?  It does to me.  Okay, so it's in the dirt, not in the water, but  -- ?

I had a school of them in my backyard last night -- here is a photo of part of the school, doing some synchronized swimming:

What, you don't believe me?  Hmmph.  Well, okay, so these are my asparagus crowns!  I have 10 of them.  I had no idea what to expect -- I didn't know what they would look like.  And when they arrived and I couldn't plant them immediately, I followed the instructions to dampen the sawdust they were packed in and refrigerate.  I didn't really open it up to look at them. 

Last night I was finally able to plant them -- I had built the raised bed* for them on Saturday.  Loosened the dirt, added a couple of bags of compost, and let the soil rest for a few days.  (Okay, I let myself rest for a few days.)  Then I had to look up the planting method again -- I had forgotten, and got those babies into the soil.  Lots of water now, and you know I'll be checking every day for the little green fern like plants to sprout!

*  The bed will be replaced -- I just used some 2"x4"s that I had on hand.  I have the permanent metal corners that I was saving for this bed, but I didn't have the requisite cedar planks, and I really needed to get these planted, so I just made do with what I had for now.  It works.  It isn't beautiful, but it works.

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