OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Preparing Trenches for Asparagus

I like the idea
of perennial vegetables.
Finding the ones
that grow in our ecosystem
and aren’t invasive
requires some study.
The one we know
and love,
the one that grows well here,
is asparagus.
Living in a culture
where instant gratification
is the order of any given moment,
waiting three years
to harvest the first asparagus crop
just doesn’t compute.
But knowing how unsustainable
and unhealthy
only-things-instantly-gratifying
is;
and,
being the daughter of a man
who planted a pecan grove
when he was 73,
I decided this year —
the year I turn a mere 65 —
is the year to plant asparagus.
And I’m going to enjoy
every fine, ferny, feathery moment with it,
until one cool spring morning,
three years from now,
I can snap a delectable, tightly-woven bud
emerging out of the generous soil,
for breakfast.