Monday, July 21, 2014
It's about time...
Back in December I put several asparagus plants (crowns) directly in the ground. They were slow to come up, but little by little they appeared until I think I had about 12 plants. Among other challenges I have had, moles/voles/gophers... one or all have been a problem with tunneling and causing havoc in my root crops. My potatoes were a bust. I made my potato box and put some red potatoes in there, then I planted two 20 foot rows of white potatoes. I planted them at the end of February like I was supposed to. When it came time to dig them, I did not even have 1/2 bucket. I think I might have planted more than I reaped. I did find many tunnels as I was digging. I thought the potatoes were going to be OK... The plants looked real good, but I think the moles did alot of damage. The potato box was a complete waste of time.
It is not uncommon to find tunnels all over my backyard... the telltale raised trails. I very much would like to have my asparagus be one of my victories in the garden. I don't think I realized back in December the potential problem of the moles/gophers when I put my asparagus crowns directly in the ground... All of my raised beds have hardware cloth on the bottom to keep critters out. A few weeks ago when I was at a nursery, I asked if it would be possible to move an asparagus bed. With it being a new bed, their advice was to do it right now, if I was going to do it at all, so I had Ron build me another raised bed to move my asparagus into. It has been a few weeks already and they appear to be adjusting well.
Enough about gardening for the moment. I have acquired a few beads over time. Every now and then I sit down and try to create something special. I put the finishing touches on this creation today at quilting. Closures have never been something I liked doing. One of my quilting buddies just happens to be an artist in beads. I had her show me how the real beaders finish their necklaces. I didn't have all the right tools, but we made do with what I had... and now I know what I will need to buy for additional tools and findings. I think this one might get worn more than once or twice. I really like the colors.