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YAW (Yet Another Week) and more Spring!


Spring flowers - squill
The squill are blooming

As I cross week 7 off the calendar, I’m finding it harder to focus (like that’s different than any other day). Then again, at least this whole work-from-home stuff is happening as the weather is getting nicer rather than as winter sets in. At least I can get outside and enjoy sunshine and new green growth and allergies–um, wait, scratch that last one.

Seems my allergies kick in now when the boxelder trees that make up most of our grove are blooming, if you can call the little dangly things flowers. And for those wondering, yes, boxelder bugs are associated with boxelder trees, but they focus on the female trees (which, oddly enough (ha!) ) are the ones that flower. They are harmless bugs, but creepy (which is why I am not going to include a picture here, but you can see for yourself). They really don’t become a nuisance until late summer, when the seeds are ready to helicopter down from the trees.

Now that we’re past the late snow point for the most part here in MN, I’m thinking about the garden. Hubs tilled the spot once so far. I want him to till it again before I plant. Here it is in all its naked glory:

bare ground of freshly-tilled garden area

The raspberries are popping up everywhere, and I mean, everywhere! That’s the one thing to remember about raspberries: they spread by subterranean runners. They have expanded beyond the original patch and are invading the asparagus. Which, by the way, is doing nicely so far:

Asparagus patch
Asparagus, with misbehaving raspberries

All that green behind the asparagus is raspberries blatantly flaunting the informal boundary between raspberries and asparagus. You can see there are more than a few poking up within the asparagus spears.

In any case, I got to enjoy my most favorite springtime treat this week (even if I had to share with hubs and daughter).

First asparagus harvest of the season
Mmmmm, aparagus!

The harvest has been declining, due, I think, to a combination of competition from the raspberries and the shade of a renegade tree we haven’t cut down yet. We need to do that (should have done it ages ago) because it’s right at the corner of the barn. I hate to cut down any trees, but luckily the boxelders grow like weeds. Or unluckily, because this renegade is a boxelder.

In any case, I need to find a new place to establish an asparagus patch. The question is where, both in a sunny spot and out of the way of summer mowing and renegade trees. You’d think with eight acres I’d be able to find some place to put it.

Anyway, hubs tilled a new patch of ground for the potatoes. Great, except for the fact that the spot was previously conquered by creeping Charlie. Crossing fingers the potatoes can/will outcompete the invading creeper. On the bright side, that leaves me more room in the main garden for stuff like tomatoes and cucumbers.

I’ll post pics of my seedlings before I plant. They are doing pretty well, and seem to like the grow lights. It’ll be a couple weeks before I plant, just because I know (like everyone else in MN) that we can still get frosts in May. Not often, but it happens. I’ll keep you updated, because it seems a lot of people enjoy it. Thanks!

This weekend I plan to clean a bit (ugh!) and focus. I’m about halfway through the first round of revisions, and of course as I go I have those head-slapping “duh” moments that force me to go back to an earlier chapter to adjust so later chapters make more sense. And watch for a special announcement next week!

Until then, enjoy the weather, the spring green, and write!

Zoey rolls around on the dog's rug bed
Zoey rolls around on the dog’s rug bed when the coast is clear!

Author: Julie Holmes, author

A fiction writer since elementary school (many years ago), and NaNoWriMo annual participant for over a decade, I have been published in small press magazines such as "Fighting Chance" and "The Galactic Citizen". I write adult mystery with a touch of romance, mystery with extrasensory elements, contemporary fantasy, and epic fantasy, and I'm represented by the fabulous Cynthia Zigmund of Second City Publishing Services. My debut novel, "Murder in Plane Sight", has been released by Camel Press (an imprint of Coffeetown Press/Epicenter Press). In real life, I am a technical writer and empty-nester with a wonderful hubby, one cat (what writer doesn't have cats??), two dogs, six chickens, and more chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits than any garden should have to deal with. My garden, our hobby farm, and Nature's annual seasons are some of my muses.

17 thoughts on “YAW (Yet Another Week) and more Spring!

  1. The asparagus looks delicious. Good luck with your ongoing revisions!

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  2. The squill are beautiful, Julie! And I love that feeling in spring when things are just starting to come up. Everything feels….alive. And right now, that’s a great feeling.

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    • Yes! I love all the fresh new green everywhere. And I like the squill; they’re the first flowers we get, besides dandelions. The violets will be blooming soon, I think, if it stays relatively warm.

      Enjoy your weekend, Margot!

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  3. It seems as if a lot of Americans grow vegetables and the like, Julie. I have seen a number of posts about planting. I think that is wonderful and you may be glad of the food if there are shortages going forward. We have also done some planting but we are going into winter here so it is limited. We do get a bit of frost during our winters. I am also editing and have completed three chapters. It is slow going.

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  4. I had my first asparagus peek through:) I still have plantimg to do and my husband has been doing some tiling, too. Allergies seem particularly bad this year, but I’m pretty sure I say that every year….lol. Have a fantastic weekend xo

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    • Hubs tilled the garden again last night, so it’s all ready for planting after I lay out the soaker hoses. I’m not quite ready, tho’. And yes, it seems every year is bad when we get to allergy season πŸ˜€

      Have a great weekend, Denise!

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  5. We used to hunt asparagus on the roadside. I don’t know if people still do that.

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    • Some people might. I never liked the idea because so many of those ditches are right beside farm fields that get sprayed with herbicides and pesticides. Besides, I could never see the asparagus from a car going 55 anyway πŸ™‚

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  6. Zoey, you rebel! I HAD to look at the boxelder bug. Creepy, indeed! So happy for you with the asparagus! And now I can hardly wait for the special announcement!

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    • Of course you did πŸ˜‰ I know they are completely harmless, and they don’t even stink when you squish them (unlike their distant cousins the squash bugs). As for the announcement, my post next weekend might be a little delayed–just a timing issue. Or maybe I’ll have two posts. Hmm.

      Have a wonderful weekend, Betsy!

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  7. Yes, so hard to focus. I can relate. And spring doesn’t help either. Your garden is sooo ready, Julie, and your asparagus looks great. Did you get your internet?? I figured that would be in here somewhere… I’m looking forward to the announcement. πŸ™‚ Internet or a new book. Be well.

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    • Nope, not yet. However, our current ISP sent out a new router after I contacted them yet again about the abyssmal speed. The new router seems to have helped, but we’re still not even getting half the speed we’re paying for during the day. We’re scheduled for installation next week Monday. Crossing my fingers it will go well.

      Have a great weekend, Diana!

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