Asparagus and garlic

We have a couple of raised beds for some of the more permanent crops and one of those is being planted with asparagus and garlic today.  We picked up some Mary Washington asparagus roots and I’d ordered some seeds for Precoce d’Argenteuil asparagus from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds company.  I have no idea if any of it will grow but we’ll see what comes up.  The garlic will eventually get it’s own bed but for now we’ll just use a little room at one end of the asparagus bed.

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen the Precoce d’Argenteuil asparagus before but the back of the package says, “An old traditional heirloom, this gourmet variety is highly esteemed in Europe for its delicious stems that can be blanched white with rose-colored buds. Italian Seed.” The Baker Creek people had some really interesting seeds in their catalog so I’m excited to try some new varieties this year.

No garden yet

I wanted to have the plowing done last weekend but the weather didn’t cooperate.  I was out to pick up gas for the tractor when it started to rain.  It is still pretty wet out there and since I don’t want the tractor to get stuck in the mud, we’re waiting for an open window when we think we can get the work done.


I’m so ready for spring that even the rain and cool weather will not deter me!  Seed starters were filled and watered yesterday so they’d be ready for seeds today.  Blocks of rockwool were soaked and are currently draining so they’ll be ready for seeds.  I even started a batch of bean sprouts so we’ll have something fresh growing and ready in a few days.  As long as the weather cooperates just a little bit, we’ll be mowing and plowing this weekend.

Quick shorts

I decided to throw together some quick summer shorts based loosely off McCall’s pattern M4820 that I got on sale for 65 cents at some point in the recent past.  The sizes on this particular pattern only go up to size 6 so I figured I’d better sew something from it before the kids outgrew the pattern.  The shorts in the pattern are very long so my modifications mostly involved shortening the leg length.

Recent crochet projects

I’m trying to use up yarn (to make space so I can get new yarn) so I’ve been crocheting quite a bit lately.  Here are some recent projects.

A crochet circle vest based on the pattern from Hooked on Homemade Happiness (

A little crochet hat to use up some leftover yarn.

This is a super soft lap blanket I made for my mom.  It’s just a simple double crochet.

This little purse used up some cotton yarn and I barely got a picture of it before it was absconded with and filled with toys.