A First for Me

Our asparagus crop has been fantastic this year. I have filled 4 gallon sized zip lock bags with asparagus over the last 5 days. I would guess each bag weighed at least 5 lbs and that’s a lot of asparagus for a family of 5.  I should also mention that asparagus season isn’t over yet.  I can’t seem to cut it fast enough and have already had a few stalks go to seed.

In the past, we’ve eaten some, but a lot we gave away to friends and family. This year we wanted to preserve some for our own family, so Hubby sent me a link to pickling asparagus.

It was a rainy day yesterday, with thunder rolling in the distance, so a good day to pickle some asparagus. I got out the supplies and before I knew it, I had 6 quart sized jars going into my water bath canner. Unfortunately, two of the jars broke, so only 4 jars came out, but it looks yummy.

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They will sit for at least a week before we open a jar and give them a try. Hopefully, they taste as good as they look.

Amazing Vegetable

After several unfulfilled forecasts of rain, we finally got a nice little shower yesterday.  We had above normal temperatures for several days.  Above normal as in 15 – 20 degrees above normal, which my cabbage plants were not enjoying at all.  On top of that, the ground was getting pretty dry.  With seeds in the ground I found myself watering the garden a little bit in the evenings, so a nice rain shower was a very welcome sight.

The sky was clearing, so after the dinner dishes were done, I headed outside to take a look at the garden.  Finally, my kale, spinach, lettuce and carrots are emerging.  The onions are growing well and with the rain and cooler temperatures, the cabbage and broccoli look happy and content.

Then I looked at the asparagus patch.  OMG!!!  This vegetable is amazing.  Just a couple of days ago I found the first little spears beginning to pop thru the soil and last night this is what I cut.

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As quickly as asparagus grows, there will be at least this much more to cut today and we’ll continue to have beautiful stalks of asparagus to cut for the next few weeks.  With a beautiful sunny day in the 60’s, I think some grilled hamburgers and asparagus will make a wonderful dinner tonight 🙂