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I’ve been reading a lot of gardening blogs lately to help hasten my horticulturally-challenged learning curve. Even though some of them are a bit advanced for my skill level, I’m learning a lot – and even as a brand new gardener I can often find something I can relate to. So when Margaret of A Way to Garden (one of my new favorite blogs) wrote the other day that she is “on the asparagus diet,” I had to laugh because that is so very true here in our house, too.
Just a few weeks ago when we moved into this house I was lamenting the fact that I couldn’t FIND the asparagus patch that the previous owners told us existed. Now we can’t keep up with its bounty. What we’ve discovered since I last posted about the asparagus patch is that it runs the entire length of our vegetable garden (on the right side of this photo) and appears to be about 6 feet in width.
That’s a LOT of asparagus for a family of four, one of whom (that would be The Husband) hates to look at the stuff and refuses to eat it. (He is also hoping that our sellers planted this patch 35 years ago, because the thought of this asparagus being with us until we die is causing him agita.) I’ve been trying to tell him how much this stuff would cost in the grocery store, but that hasn’t swayed him. “If you know I wouldn’t be eating it, you wouldn’t be buying it in the grocery store, so how is this saving us money?” Um … because me and the kids are devouring the stuff. (Yes, happily, Boo is a new convert to asparagus. Parmesan cheese does the trick every time.)
I’ve also been trying to see if there is a local food bank that might accept some fresh produce, but I’m not sure if that’s going to work out. In the meantime, here are just a few pictures of the amounts we’ve been harvesting.
Updated 4/30/2012: I made the Easy Asparagus Parmesan Bake tonight. More than half of this was eaten by yours truly. The rest was eaten by Boo, along with chicken and macaroni and cheese. Betty decided to take a break from asparagus this evening. (Can’t really say that I blame her.)
But this was delicious and has earned a spot in our asparagus rotation of recipes.
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