Sunday, March 6, 2011

First Asparagus Harvest From Our New Asparagus Bed

I put in an asparagus bed last spring. "The guidelines" state that you are supposed to just let the asparagus go wild the first season, which is exactly what we did.

About a week ago, I noticed that we already had shoots coming up, so I cleaned out the bed.

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"The guidelines" state that we can harvest the first shoots from each plant the second season. Here is our first harvest:

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We will have some more ready to harvest tomorrow, but we can't wait to eat this so we may have to eat this first harvest tonight.

If all goes well, next spring we can harvest as many shoots as we want. I can't wait until next spring!

Friday, March 4, 2011

A Precious Gift From My Wonderful Students

When I got to school this morning, three of my students were waiting for me at the door of my classroom. They said they needed to talk to me, so I unlocked the door and we entered the classroom. They handed me a container with home-made cupcakes and a card. The card said that their prayer group has been praying for my dad and our whole family while dad is being treated for cancer. They wanted me to know that they appreciate my dedication to them, and that they care about what is going on in our lives.

Needless to say, I was overwhelmed by this wonderful gesture. It took all my strength not to cry in front of them. Their actions are coming at a time when my dad and our family need it most. I just got off the phone with my dad and told him the story, too. Dad is a retired science teacher and elementary principal. These students have given me the most wonderful gift, and they will probably never fully understand how meaningful their actions are to me at this moment in my life. Today was a very, very good day!