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Finally at Last

Last Saturday we finally had asparagus emerge from the bottom of the trench. For over a month, I have been peering into the depths of the earth (well, six inches) looking those tiny green spears. All I had to show for it was two fire ant bites.

But Saturday there they were! Tiny, pencil-lead sized miniature asparagus. Of the thirty crowns we planted, at last count there were nine that had emerged. Now the trick is to wait for the others and then very carefully add another two inches of soil to the trench without breaking those delicate shoots.

When we finally get the trench filled and slightly mounded over, I’ll mulch and top dress lightly with compost. The better the top growth, the larger the underground crowns can grow, storing food for next year.

The directions say not to pick the first year after planting. Probably I’ll end up sneaking a few out just to see how marvelous they taste. Then if the new 601 Bridge doesn’t fall in the Congaree and we are still hale and hardy, in 2015 we’ll get to have a least one or two pickings of our own. Until then we’ll have to be content with harvesting smilax which, to tell the truth, is just about as tasty. 

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