This is my first Harvest Monday post of the year and it's over 2 weeks earlier than usual. Why? Because last week we picked our very first spears of asparagus:
|First ever spears harvested by my son last week|
This moment was a long time coming. I started the asparagus back in February 2015 from seed so the wait was a full year longer than had I grown them from crowns. In the long run, however, growing from seed often results in stronger, healthier, more productive plants so I would say it's well worth it.
The transformation of the tiny, wispy asparagus seedlings transplanted 2 years ago to the large, thick spears harvested today is pretty incredible:
|Asparagus seedlings - May 2015|
|Asparagus beds now|
The flowers are just lovely, even though they don't have much of a fragrance:
Of course, the most exciting bit about a flowering nectarine tree is the prospect of getting some fruit. Whether or not this will happen is up in the air at the moment as we had a frost last night and there is another advisory for tonight.
Unfortunately, both the cherry and plum trees are also in full flower so their fruitfulness this season is also a big question mark.
The one advantage that I have with the nectarine tree is that it's still rather small - that being the case, I decided to wrap it in a double layer of Agribon yesterday:
|Nectarine wrapped with double layer of Agribon held on with clips|
My harvest total this week was:
Asparagus - 144 grams (0.32 lbs)
To see what everyone else has been harvesting over the past week, head on over to Our Happy Acres where Dave is our host for Harvest Mondays.