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Our salad bar

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Yes. I am gloating a little bit.  There is a little lettuce plant growing by the compost bucket in the middle of the bed, one growing in the bed by the wall and a couple growing on the ground outside the bed.  We’ll be eating lettuce until we turn green.

Don’t hate.

 

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Asparagus

I took a picture of the new asparagus bed. But, right now it’s just dirt.

The old bed has been swallowed up by honeysuckle and overshadowed by a mimosa tree.  It was never as enthusiastic a producer as I had hoped. And when I finally looked up how to grow asparagus in NC clay instead of taking the advice of someone gardening in another part of the state, I learned that asparagus likes sandy soil that drains well.  I had essentially planted it so that it would drown.

Lowe’s has Mary Washington crowns for sale, 5 in a box.  I bought 5 boxes and returned 2.  15 crowns seem well spaced in the 40″ X 87″ bed.  I put 2 bags of mushroom compost on top of them.  Since the beds are raised, drainage isn’t going to be a problem.

Chuck planted lettuce in the 5″ x 6″ holes around the outside edge.
this is what potential asparagus looks like

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Sweet Potatoes

I have started my sweet potato slips for 2015.

I always have some “fingerling” sweet potatoes left over from a harvest. In 2013, I was able to bake them and have 5 cups of sweet potato ready to use later.  In 2014, the harvest was slim and there were only a half a dozen.

As I left them lying around waiting for an inspiration for what to do with them, one started to sprout.  So, I stuck it in a jar of water with some toothpicks and it is making green.  When they are 3 of 4 inches tall, I’ll pop them off the potato and straight into the water to form roots.  Then, I’ll have them ready for planting after the last frost.

Now, the rest have little sproutlets.  I wonder who I can give them to.

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