The old me was inclined to plant
things too close together. The new me, striving for
perfection, studies the literature, where ideas are mostly shared through
So far I have dug three different
configurations for Asparagus Crowns. The first configuration put
them in a straight line. The second configuration reflected an
idea of the plant as growing in a wide row. The third configuration
makes a compromise between the first and second configurations and
reflects a concern for the problem of where to put the knee when
weeding. The first configuration managed the problem of ten
plants. But the second two configurations have failed this test of
geometry. Unless the plants or a good rain arrive soon, there will I
suspect be a fourth configuration.
respect to Spring or Fall planting of Asparagus Crowns, both parts of me
recognize the conundrum of weather. This passing year, where the
crowns matured, there was good summer rain into a warm Fall. So the
plants will arrive strong and happy and almost asleep. But a cold
and dry winter here will reduce the success rate of a fall transplant, so
with each passing day without rain I am tempted to plant them deeper and
Under the rule of perfection the
argument for planting Asparagus Crowns deeper into the soil is to obtain
fatter, if fewer, spears. The real, however, contains those
uncertainties of time that give gravitas to fortune tellers, the sacrifice
of lambs, long term weather forecasts and other intuitive practice.
But in early Spring there will be a visit
to that wickedness in town that trades in hardware and washing machines and
Christmas lights and occasionally plants who apparently have no homes.
On the shelves of this place, deviously arranged by the front door, there
will be in Spring, packets of Asparagus Crowns for Spring planting that come
from California. Last Spring they had a variety called "Purple
Passion", I think. These I read, were tastier than the
"common green". A most subjective and infuriating
interpretation found often amongst iniquity. But I will hold my nose
to acquire ten of them.
And who knows, one day there may indeed
be twenty boy Asparagus plants swapping histories amongst the vegetables,
while they wonder where all the girl Asparagus have gone.