I will have been away from the farm (and this blog) for a few days by the time you read this, as I’ve headed interstate to attend a weekend seminar and catch up with some friends along the way.

First asparagus 06.08.08The last thing I saw as I did my circuit of the market garden before I jumped in the car had me rush back and grab the camera.

Little plump asparagus spears poking their heads up through the mulch!

This is very exciting!

What seems like only last week, I posted about planting out our asparagus crowns in Who Is Mary Washington Anyway?, so to see these little beauties reaching for the sky already is surprising, but great none the less.

And now for the hardest part – not picking any of this year’s spears so the crowns can develop strongly for the years ahead.

Looks as though all the effort we put in to ensure the crowns had a great bed to start from will pay dividends.

Okay, that’s all for this post. I’m off on a roadtrip.

image credit organic maven

    • There are studies that show/prove TRUE oagcnirs have more vitamins, and trace minerals for you. Sorry, I recieve a lot of agricultural type periodicals, since I’m a small farmer .you will not have access to them, and most would be hard for you to track down.The oagcnirs that are mass produced for the big box store market are really not that different from the conventional stuff. Just a bit fewer chemicals on them. True oagcnirs, grown by small farmers, and gardners are a world of difference, when done correctly. We live on a permaculture farm. Everything is returned back to the soil. Our soil is not being robbed of minerals, and nutrients. We have a THRIVING microsopic bacterial life on our farm .same as in nature. Even animals that die on our farm are composted, and returned to the soil. You can look at the soil of a conventional modern farm. The soil is greyish, and if you take up a handful, you will be hardpressed to find life in it. Our soil is black, and smells rich and moiste. You will have many critters you can see, and many you cannot see wiggling about in your hand.You can take anything we grow, and compair it to ANY grocery store, or mass produced organic .even a laymen will be able to see, SMELL, and taste the difference. If you hold a grocery store tomato (organic or not) right up to your nose, you MIGHT smell the tomato. On our farm, you can walk out the door on a warm day, and be hit immediately with the strong scents of the vegtables. You can open our regrigerator, and be hit with a blast of delicious smells of all the fresh (but chilled) vegtables inside.TRUE oagcnirs are completely different from anything most people ever eat. The yokes on our chicken eggs are orange (beta carotenes). The fats in our eggs are actually GOOD for you, unlike the fats of the mass raised, grain fed chickens.I’m sorry I cannot dirrect you toward actual scientific articles .I can only tell you that REAL oagcnirs really are better for you.~GarnetHomesteading/Farming over 20 years

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