Food & Drink

Asparagus patch is full of weeds; maybe geese can help

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.

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.