This spring, three years after planting and patiently waiting, I rejoiced when ready-for-harvest asparagus spears emerged. It’s delightful to harvest a fresh batch for meals, including our Sunday morning frittata with fresh farm eggs compliments of the neighbors. Even better, the asparagus patch produced enough to share with my parents—the very same neighbors who provide with us their bounty of eggs.
I am enamored with adding anything to our land that will reproduce year after year. Right now, I am patiently awaiting the harvest of our first cherries and, in a couple of years, peaches. And this year, for certain, I plan to succeed at harvesting the pears before the deer.
Each of these crops, planted at different times, have distinct needs throughout their life cycle, all essential and varied. First there is planning, then preparing the soil, the actual planting, the waiting and finally the harvest. Along the way, in order to create an ideal environment, protecting from bugs and critters, watering, weeding and fertilizing are all critical. Different phases require different skills and time commitments. Such as it is with business ventures.
After publishing Edible Omaha for nearly five years, Lucy and I recently reflected on our many … Read More