Hot Picks April 17, 2020

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Adding a little plant knowledge.


Easter Sunday 2020 was in some ways traditional for the Varga family, (no Easter Mass though like when I was a youngster) But different, obviously, with the world health turmoil.  We still colored Easter eggs.  There were Easter baskets, our resident bunny bounded about in the farm yard.  I posted images of flowers, daffodils, glacier lily, tulips, Chionodaxa, Mahonia, etc. on Instagram and low and behold a new tradition arose amidst the nest at home social distancing mandates. My daughter, Robyn and children, showed up and immediately scattered throughout our landscape on a botanical scavenger hunt!    We watched from within the house while young people searched for colorful spring blooms.  It was delightful!

   We also harvested our first Asparagus of the 2020 season.  We have always enjoyed Asparagus.  Early on (nearly 50 years ago) it was foraging on ditch banks for those early fresh greens, packed with essential vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.  Native to coastal regions of Europe and Asia, it was introduced to North America in the 1700’s and because of its tolerance of drought and salinity, has naturalized in our intermountain region.  For the past 30 years, we have cultivated Asparagus on our small farm featuring the almost all-male plant introductions of recent years.  These new varieties are not only more productive, but are less stringy, tender and tasty as compared to older types.  Even the larger stalks which seems counter intuitive are equal if not better than the slender shoots.

   This year, we feature UC-157 in quarts.  Remind clients that these starts should be planted deep.  Dig holes (or a trench) 8-12” deep.  Plant the start in the bottom. As the plants lengthen with seasonal growth, knock loose soil into and around the plants.  By mid-season you should have filled the hole to ground level.  Planting Asparagus too shallow is a common cause of early plant development failure.

   So, if you’re a fan of something new (UC-157) or fancy heirlooms (Mary Washington) give Asparagus a try for early season treats for years to come.

Hot Picks April 17, 2020

Joke of the Week


  A woman wakes during the night to find that her husband was not in their bed.  She puts on her robe and goes downstairs to look for him.  She finds him sitting at the kitchen table with a hot cup of coffee in front of him.  He appears to be in deep thought, just staring at the wall.  She watches as he wipes a tear from his eye and takes a sip of his coffee.  “What’s the matter, dear?” she whispers as she steps into the room, “Why are you down here at this time of night?” The husband looks up from his coffee.  “I am just remembering when we first met 20 years ago and started dating. You were only 16. Do you remember back then?” he asks solemnly.

 The wife is touched to tears thinking that her husband is so caring, so sensitive. “Yes, I do” she replies.  The husband pauses.  The words were not coming easily. “Do you remember when your father caught us in the back seat of my car?”  “Yes, I remember,” said the wife, lowering herself into a chair beside him.  The husband continues. “Do you remember when he shoved the shotgun in my face and said, “Either you marry my daughter or I will send you to jail for 20 years?”

   “I remember that, too” she replies softly.  He wipes another tear from his cheek and says…..”I would have gotten out today.”


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