Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Age of Asparagus

I have been rather neglectful of the blog recently, but things are really hopping around the farm, Sean included. Actually Sean is doing better and is slowly moving around the farm with a soft knee brace, a big improvement over the immobilizer.

The progress on the new building has continued, though on a much slower pace, as other spring chores have taken precedence. The biggest of these was the delivery of 6,500 asparagus crowns, which finally arrived after weeks of rain.
Two bundles of crowns, 30-50 crowns in each
Unfortunately, the weather eliminated our ability to host a work-day for the big planting project so we were left to our own devices. This included borrowing a furrowing implement from our friends at Grinnell Heritage Farm (HUGE thanks to Andy & Melissa!), and then hand placing all 6,500 crowns.

And finally, tucking each crown into its new bed. Luckily for us, this was made ever so much easier by my inventive Dad and his ingenious row-covering device.

Yep, that would be a 3-point bale stabber bracketed to two seat planks from my Grandpa Henderson's old picnic table, pulled by Dad's JD 2020...worked like a dream! We started Sunday afternoon and finished today before noon. A feat only accomplished with some amazing help. Huge thanks to Dad, Mom, Kristin & Uncle Dean for all their hard work, creative thinking, patience & restorative meals!

So now all we have to do is wait two years, and then we hope to have asparagus is abundance!
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