Monday, 16 May 2016

We Did Something We've Been Putting Off For Years .....


We did something last week that we've been putting off for years .... planted up an asparagus bed!!

You don't get anything from your asparagus plants for the first three years, you have to be patient and let them grow each year and settle down without taking a harvest,  so it's never been wise to get a bed started.  We were on our first farm for three years, our second smaller place for two and now we are here in what is hopefully our last home before we retire to the seaside as pensioners so it was now or never.

There are only eight plants in here ..... I'm not that keen on the stuff, but it's a start.

For more information on growing asparagus for yourself have a look HERE.


And before anyone comes on and laves a comment saying how neat it all looks ..... I'll hold my hands up and show you the state of the bed below the new asparagus bed.  I'll be weeding it tomorrow, I was working higher up the patch today on another even worse bed!!

Sue xx

15 comments:

  1. Have you tried lightly steamed asparagus with melted butter and brown bread? Food for the gods.

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  2. Good luck with it, so eventually you will still move from where you are now?

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    1. It has always been our intention to move from here when we are too old to be able to maintain it to a good standard.

      There is no point in us setting all this up only to let it go to rack and ruin when we are in our seventies or eighties. It takes a lot of effort to look after the land and woods we have, and the animals that we will be getting. It makes better financial sense to sell this place while it is a going concern for someone to be able to continue what we have set up and for us to move to a small, easily maintained home near the sea and enjoy our last years together, living on the nest egg that selling this property and land will give us.

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    2. Sue that is such a good plan, work hard now and relax later, I have always read all you blogs, you and hubby work so hard, you are such an inspiration xx

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  3. I'm a couple of years ahead of you with my sparrowgrass bath on my allotment, 2 year old plants this year so we can cut 6 spears next spring!

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  4. Good luck with that project. Sounds a rather tasty one

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  5. If I had more land I would definitely do an asparagus bed.

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  6. you certainly have made a big change to your place since moving in. Just catching up with what you have been doing.

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  7. I bet you're very pleased with yourselves. I would be.

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    1. Haha ... what for planting 8 plants. It takes more than that to make me happy ... Lol!!

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  8. We have one more year to go on our asparagus bed. I can't wait; fresh steamed asparagus with butter is so good. It's even good uncooked if it's not too big!

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  9. Oh asparagus... bliss!! It will be worth the wait but if you're anything like us, we're lucky to get it to the kitchen. It's so delicious picked and eaten raw. ;) And I keep forgetting to mention, your place always looks soo incredibly tidy.

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  10. Asparagus beds and strawberry patches. Those things for which gardeners must have some patience. I'm sure it will be worth it in a couple of years! -Jenn

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  11. I'll be round for lunch in three years then!
    I love asparagus, have done since I was young and dad grew loads on his allotment! I think he actually only took the allotment on because it had well established asparagus beds!
    It's a little fantasy of mine, James Martin, a plate of steamed asparagus, a pot of butter and me!

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  12. That was one of the first things we planted when we moved out to our bit of heaven (16 years ago now). We took a tip from nature and did not remove all the weeds and grass. It grew wild on our 80-acres in Wisconsin as kids. So here in Colorado, we decided to do the same. We learned that it loves the mix. You can also plant tomatoes in with it - they compliment each other beautifully! Enjoy - we do and its yummy!

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