Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Re-thinking the Pictures

Uncharacteristically, I took some pictures of my dinner last night. First I took a picture of the asparagus in the colander, because DAMN, asparagus. It's about TIME you grew enough spears to feed three people as a side dish. I was very excited by the asparagus and the camera was handy, so I took an asparagus beauty shot. And then the camera was there, so I took a picture of them cooked in the pan. And then I took ANOTHER picture of the T-bone steaks cooking in another pan next to the photogenic asparagus.

Then I remembered that I am not actually a food blogger and no one needs to see inexpert shots of my dinner cooking on my messy stove. You all know what asparagus in a pan looks like, right? Yes? Good. Moving on.

In other garden news, yesterday I planted kohlrabi, turnips, chard, dill, and parsley seedlings. And snow peas. For which I had to dig up a section of the garden next to the fence that was pretty much 100 percent grass. Know how much fun digging sod is? Not fun. Not at all. I wanted to plant them there so they could climb on the fence, saving me the effort of putting up a trellis for them. Except I think the effort involved in digging up the grass far exceeded the effort of sticking in some bamboo for a trellis. Plus, then I decided to plant two rows, so I have to put up a trellis between them anyway for the row away from the fence to climb on.

Sometimes I am not so smart.

But no matter! The planting is coming along now that we've finally gotten some nice weather. Next up: potatoes.

God help my aching back.


Daisy said...

Grass roots - there's a reason that phrase has come to mean strong group efforts. We turned a piece of lawn (lousy lawn, too) into a garden 15 years ago and the grass still tries to root around the edges.

Yes, I'm also a political volunteer. Grass roots it is!

Sister’s Sailor said...

Two words-Garden Tiller.

As a kid that was a savior. Weeds and leftover plants did not stand a chance. Plus it was a great help in mixing the farm made “fertilizer” into the soil. But you are still young and full of energy!!!

Lindsey at NW Backyard Veggies said...

I dug out my whole garden from a crappy lawn, myself.
I basically sweated, cursed and floundered my way through it and ever since then I view ALL grass as a noxious weed that Americans spend millions of dollars a year on to tend and keep under control.
And it's not even a good weed.
Also, FYI - my tiller was no match for my sod, I had to break out my pick axe/shovel contraption to make any headway!!

Anonymous said...

I think it might be easiest to take a very sharp flat shovel,I don't know for sure what it is called but has NO bend in it and go just at the root and more or less scrape the grass off . It may be called a sodding shovel. Then till it and as the roots get tangled on the tiller tines you can pitch them out of the garden. Unless you are working up a small plot to grow in. A. needs to get a can use it. Get a good used one. Beth

FinnyKnits said...

Sounds a lot like something I'd do. Sort of like planting only drought loving lavender next to a fence so that you can have plants there without having to run irrigation but then later planting grapes in between the lavender because "wouldn't it be so nice to have grapes" but then, oh, we're doing all that work we were avoiding with the lavender.

Oh well. At least it will grow food.

That's one way of looking at it anyway.

I think I'm losing it ;)

Lana from Farm Life Lessons said...

I can't stand digging up grass! But, my husband has long used bamboo for supports in the garden and it is cheap and helps. He also is good with old wire, galvanized clothes hangers and a few other tricks in the garden. You have a good garden going there...