Our asparagus harvest is over. Most of the spears coming up have diminished in size to as big around as a pencil and that's the sign to stop picking.
We have a infestation of Johnson grass in our asparagus. Since we grow organically, our methods of control are limited.
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We tried mulching it heavily after harvest last year, but it didn't help much. We mulched it again in March, before it emerged.
The Johnson grass apparently really enjoys being mulched – it just grew like crazy.
We also have been wondering what we are going to do with our rapidly growing geese. In the 1940s and '50s, the cotton-patch breed of goose was used in the South to weed cotton and tobacco.
One day last week, I was looking at the asparagus, wondering what to do about the weeds.
I turned around and 50 yards away, there were the geese, voraciously eating grass.
I am a little slow at times, but the light bulb finally went on in my head: Move the geese into the asparagus for the summer. They will have plenty of grass and they'll fertilize the asparagus.
Hen in the carport
We have a very strange Barred Rock hen. She roosts in our carport on my wife's bike and lays her eggs on top of our spare refrigerator.
I have tried to integrate her back into the flock a couple of times, but she high-tails it back to the house.
She likes to eat dog food and if we leave a door open, she will come in the house and head for the cat food bowls.
Our 3-month-old Lab-mix puppy loves the chicken. He likes to chew on her neck and tail feathers.
What is bizarre is that the hen seems to enjoy it.