On Mother's Day, the lilacs bloomed and the asparagus was ready to harvest for the first time! It was a happy Mother's Day, indeed.
We've so anticipated the harvests that would come in that asparagus bed we planted three years ago- and just like that- it's here. Whenever something is first begun, the future can seem so far away. When we moved in, our house needed so much work it seemed like it would never end. And maybe it won't- but boy, has progress been made! A baby is made and 9 months seems like eternity and then poof! They are nearly teenagers. An asparagus bed is planted and it is nearly painful to watch it grow but not pick any- and then, suddenly, on Mother's Day you eat. And two days later, there is more. And two days later, more still.
Time is a funny thing, isn't it?
I know I will be feeling the same way when we finally get cherry and nectarine harvests from our fruit trees last year. As we wait, though, I am fully enjoying the beautiful show they are putting on! Last night, as apples and lilacs and fruit trees were all in peak bloom, there was a frost warning. How I worried! I brought in a huge basket of lilacs to make bouquets to put throughout the house just to be SURE I could enjoy them even for a moment. I worried for the fruit trees. Sure enough- I woke up to frosted grass...but miraculously, the blossoms on everything seem okay!
While I've been working on flowers...I should be preparing the vegetable garden. I've been at a stand-still on that because Matt, unknowingly, put fresh cow manure on it all winter. I've been very concerned with any plants put in there getting burned and the idea of it has just made me wonder what should be done. And since I had no answer, I just tried to ignore the problem.
But I can't ignore the problem. We depend on our garden in many ways and not having one is not an option. I don't want to plow up new ground because to replace the size garden we have would tear up too much of our yard.
I talked to a neighbor and, he says if I take up most of the hay, the walkways and the fencing, he can plow it for me. And maybe, turning the manure into the dirt will make it all okay. I don't know if it will work but there really isn't any other option anyway.
This is a huge blow for me because I worked really hard to make walk-ways last year in order to have a no-till garden and ONCE AGAIN- it isn't happening. (This has happened to me before.)
Oh well, if it must be done, it must be done. So, as much as I would love to keep admiring the beautiful flowers, I really should be paying closer attention to this eye-sore: