First Year-Asparagus

Last month, I put some asparagus roots in a crate full of soil. I did this a few years back, and I had some great asparagus in the second and third year. Asparagus grows very thin in the first year. It’s edible, but I usually let it grow into fern. My tomatoes love them as companions. And so do the peppers and the basil. But I have to keep the asparagus in a crate, because it is very invasive. If I had enough room, I wouldn’t mind growing asparagus in a raised bed. But it will take over, if not watched carefully. Hmmm, I can see fresh asparagus recipes in the future. 😉

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First Year-Asparagus is very thin. It will be much thicker the following years.

Luis Loves Spring

Luis couldn’t wait to go back outside and enjoy the warm weather, yesterday afternoon. After all this rain, he was tired to sit in the house watching Mrs. Rabbit nibble on grass blades all by herself in the backyard. Luis rolled in the grass and put his face towards the warm rays of the Sun. Oh, he is soooo ready for Spring.

The Mourning Doves Wait For Spring

We always have about half a dozen of Mourning Doves sitting in our Bradford Pear trees. They usually get accompanied with a couple of White-winged Doves. Mainly they sit there and wait until Lexi and Luis are done with their business and go back inside, so the doves can go back to the feeder. But the doves also enjoy snoozing in our trees, while they wait for Spring to arrive. It can take only a few days, until our Bradford Pear trees will break out in blooms. And this is usually a sign for the Mourning Doves that the mating season has begun. The trees will blossom and then the leaves come in shortly after the petals dropped to the grounds. The birds will have a sturdy hiding spot for building their nests in the tree crowns. Until then, they eat themselves fat and round at my bird feeders.

The Rough Earth Snake

Sara played out side for a little bit. All of a sudden she came in and said: “There is a snake outside!” “Is it big or small”, I asked. “It’s small. You know, one of those snakes Katelynn plays with all the time.” So, we all walked outside to check it out. And sure enough, it was a little Rough Earth Snake. After I took photos of the snake, we put it closer to the shrubs. We didn’t want the birds to get wind of it. But we made sure, it was at a spot were it could warm its body in the sun. It’s a nice beneficial lady, that has to stick around and eat pesky bugs in our garden.

Helios & Luna

YES! The rain has stopped and the Sun came out, this afternoon. Oh, these warming rays felt so good on my skin. I couldn’t get enough of this beautiful weather. Katelynn and Sara came out to play in the yard. Several times I had to tell them not getting too wet, due to the saturated ground and cool weather. But they were too busy rescuing worms from the stream and counting snails on the front porch.

This evening, Kevin and I sat with a beer in the garage. We watched the sunset, before we had dinner. It was beautiful, but it was not as fiery as I was hoping tonight. And it was nice to see the Moon, again. We haven’t seen Luna since it was in its New Moon phase.

More Seeds For This Gardening Season

Last Sunday, I ordered more seeds from Botanical Interests. Since they have free shipping on all their orders throughout the months of February, I had to use this opportunity to also get some seeds I usually can’t get in my local nursery. Today, the package arrived. When I opened it, I could tell it was put together with Love. The order was complete. And it had some extras: a Mesclun salad seed package, a seed guide, and a sticker. Now, I’m excited and can barely wait until the weather becomes warmer and I can work in the garden again.

The First Narcissus of 2018

Despite the cool rainy weather, it stayed above freezing inside the greenhouse. The Narcissus doesn’t seem to mind the cooler temperatures and slowly opened its blossom, yesterday.  When the ground dries I have to lie down some mulch and stones. It will prevent, that I have to walk through puddles and mud in the future. But this morning, I managed to capture some photos of the Narcissus without getting my feet wet, when I walked over to the greenhouse.