This past Sunday, the day warmed up into the 60’s – a perfect day for a walk outside. But a sharp wind blew straight out of the north so it was not so nice after all!
Still, how often do you find sun and relatively warm air in January? I headed off to the garden to do the one task I’d been meaning to do for a while. I needed to clean up the asparagus bed.
Or did I? Everything I’ve read said to cut down the dead asparagus fronds and stalks. I just can’t recall that my mother – a “master” gardener in her own right – even cleaned the asparagus bed until spring. I have not-so-found memories of those pulling out those prickly fronds to make way for the green stalks just pushing up through the mud.
Still, the current wisdom appeared to be to clean it up now to prevent fungus and bugs. So I toddled out to the garden shed to get my wheelbarrow and clippers.
Except I couldn’t get the doors open far enough to pull the wheelbarrow out. Well, I wanted to walk, after all. I clipped each plant and walked the 37 steps to the composter, then 37 steps back to the garden bed. Fourteen times. 1,036 steps. Not a long walk as walks go, but at least I was outside!
Now the question is, did I ruin my asparagus?