I am trying to catch up on my blogging about all the garden excitement last week, but then we had some more drama this week. On Saturday, I was able to plant the second asparagus bed, along the side of the garage. (Sylvia and I had planted the first bed last Wednesday and then started digging the trench for this one.) Saturday, I finished digging the trench–which also involved pulling out lots of big and small rocks. Then I added compost and a bit of rock phosphate and wood ashes. I positioned the crowns on little mounds, spreading out their roots in a star shape around the center.
The part I couldn’t photograph was me trying to lean over the big pile of dirt on the side, to actually reach into the trench to position all those crowns. It was pretty funny. After that, I covered them with more compost, and then soil. As the spikes emerge, you are meant to keep covering them so that only a couple inches show, until the soil is even with the ground again. So this next photo is rather boring, just a trench of dirt really. But now you know what is hiding underneath.
THEN, on Monday night we had torrential rain here in Maine. Tuesday morning, when I woke up, this next photo was what I saw out my window. The rain barrels and their foundations had toppled over. I had extended the trench a couple feet beyond the garage wall, along the side of the rain barrel, thinking that the asparagus would be lovely next to it. And all might have been well once the trench was filled in again. But when the rains came pouring down, the soil was weakened, and the barrels were at their heaviest. The cement block near the edge must have sunk down, destabilizing the balance of the barrels, and the whole set-up collapsed. The cement blocks fell into the trench.
I was able to pull out the blocks, and move the barrels, but will have to wait until the ground dries out a little to set them up again. I guess I had better fill in that end of the trench before I do it too. Margy always is reminding me that mistakes are a part of this process–that I am learning as I go along. Yep–don’t dig a hole next to your rain barrel foundations!