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Unfortunately, much of the digging was through gravel and rock (at least that's what it felt like to him), and I guess it was proven to be mostly true by the two wheelbarrows full of big rocks he hauled away.
I worked on cutting down and hauling away the old asparagus ferns from last year and cleaning up the bed.
This is the plot in which I planted 2-1/2 rows of asparagus and 1-1/2 rows of Everbearing strawberries last year. I got all the newly sprouted weeds pulled (or dug) out.
I also tilled up the perimeter of the whole area. The blasted quack grass had started to grow into the planting area with a vengeance, in places thick already. I swear that stuff starts to grow before the snow is even melted.
Two or three more tillings around the edge (I do love my Mantis tiller!), spaced a week or so apart, will be needed before the quack grass realizes I'm serious, and it doesn't have a chance of growing and taking over the garden space.
Now the asparagus is ready for Papa Pea to give it a good dose of compost which it likes in the spring. Then I'll mulch the whole bed to keep down the weeds and hold in the moisture which the asparagus needs, also. Not even one little spear is showing yet, but it's still early for us.
As I mentioned above, this is the area where I planted the Everbearing strawberries last year, too, although I know you can't see them in the picture. (They're on the left side of the plot.) There were 52 of them, and as of today I can find no more than 12 of them with any greenery showing.
This is the best looking one of the bunch. They look nothing like the hale and hardy June bearing plants I put in the field garden. Those are big and healthy, and it looks like I lost only one (out of the three 45 foot long rows) over winter. Both the June bearing and Everbearing were mulched and protected over winter, and our winter was not a severe one. I can't figure out what's up with the Everbearing plants yet. Time will tell if they rally and take a turn for the better.
Tomorrow I'll start weeding and cleaning the three long rows of strawberries in the field garden (many more weeds there to conquer), and Papa Pea will get the fruit trees planted . . . now that the back-breaking work of digging those holes is done.