Speaking of crazy…this asparagus idea is starting to sound a little cuckoo.
I’m meeting Fabio in Italy tomorrow and have been researching how to prepare the asparagus bed. We had this idea that we’d spend a day or two of our vacation digging a plot for the asparagus in a sunny spot in the terraced garden. Then we’d mix the soil with manure or something equally tasty for hungry, young asparagus roots and let it marinate over the winter in preparation for the spring planting. Piece of cake.
Annoying research has shown that this is no small potatoes activity. Potatoes would involve less work. I suspect almost any other vegetable would involve less work.
I located this very kind American farmer and asparagus blogger in Cinque Terre who confirmed what I refused to believe from my internet research. The recommendations are as follows:
- Plant 25 asparagus plants per asparagus-eater. So that’s 50 plants.
- Set each plant 1 foot apart. So that’s 50 feet… of digging.
- Dig each row 1.5 feet deep. Gasp.
- Mix in manure and sand with your feet because gawd knows you won’t be able to use your arms after digging 50 feet of soil 1.5 feet deep.
We are intimidated. It’s like mining a football field. Okay, it’s not, but Fabio estimates 1 full week of excavating. Like digging-all-day-on-our-vacation kind of digging. And I have to admit, the work would mostly fall on him because I will hit a point fairly early on where my girl arms will just cease to function.
We might wait til spring.