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Purple Asparagus

9 Apr
Two Purple Asparagus from our Garden

Purple Asparagus in our Garden

As we wrote on twitter this morning: the purple asparagus in our garden never makes it to the kitchen. We eat the spears immediately after harvesting.

Through out early April, we anticipate savoring these treats from our garden. Sweet, fresh, mild – this asparagus is our kind of candy.

Purple asparagus tastes sweeter than it’s green cousin because it’s higher in sugar content than green asparagus. What makes them purple? Cancer fighting phytochemicals called Anthocyanins are responsible for their beautiful purple hue.

Asparagus is well known for its medicinal properties. Asparagus is a diuretic and laxative with a beneficial effect on the kidneys, liver and bowels. Nutritionally, asparagus is rich in vitamins C & E, folate, potassium, and fiber.
Nutrition Data for Raw Asparagus
Growing Asparagus

About five years ago, we planted one-year-old purple asparagus crowns (rhizomes) in March, when the freezing weather had past. Asparagus is a deep-rooted crop that prefers a soil pH of 6.5-7.5. We planted them in a slightly raised bed filled with nice loamy soil incorporated with plenty of organic compost and a mix of chicken and goat manure.

Asparagus is long-lived crop that can be productive for 15 years or more if well tended. We are sure to mulch and water the asparagus well through out the year (water logging isn’t a problem here in the desert). Every early February, after we clip away the fern debris, we lightly scratch in a 2-inch thick layer of organic steer manure over the entire asparagus bed.

A year later we were able to harvest our first purple asparagus. The best moment to harvest asparagus is when they are the width of one’s thumb, and a height of about six to eight inches. We prefer to cut the spear with a knife at the soil surface.

At the end of the harvest season, we leave a few mature spears to grow out. These asparagus spears will grow into a beautiful, tall fern, re-charging its crown for the next harvest season. During the late season, our female plants bear red seed-bearing fruits.

Treat yourself to this wonderful vegetable. Now is the time to put your asparagus crowns into the soil.

With consistent care and patience, asparagus will reward you every spring with spears bursting with flavor and nourishment for many years to come.

Purple Asparagus

Purple Asparagus in our Garden


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Renewable Energy

5 Aug

Renewable Energy - Sun, Wind, Water, Biomass

Renewable Energy designs are the bestsellers in our store. Click on the images to visit our Organic Garden Cafe Shop.

Our “Renewable Energy” designs are inspired by the early days of the alternative energy movement and futuristic graphic design visions of the early 1980’s .

Growing Fish and Greens

At the 1982 US Festival Career & Technology Exposition we set up an Apple II computer and designed the software to manage a tilapia pond utilizing a biological filter which we integrated with a hydroponics system for growing vegetables and mesclun salad greens.

Earth- Renewable Energy

Our successful exhibit further developed into our new creation of a highly efficient,self sustainable, organic fish and vegetable growing system that no longer requires a computer to maintain it’s natural balance. Now, all it takes is a daily check on the chemical balance of the water and the hydrophobic pumping system which is controlled by a common irrigation timer.

A simple, efficient system to grow out your fish, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and mesclun greens.

Our E-Book project, “Growing Fish & Greens” details the technical aspects of our Self-sustainable hydroponics system.

Renewable Energy Gifts

Renewable Energy in the News

U.S. House shifts $16 billion toward renewable energy

“The U.S. House of Representatives on Saturday passed a Democratic rewrite of U.S. energy policy that strips $16 billion in tax incentives away from Big Oil and puts it toward renewable energy sources like wind and solar power.

The House voted 220-190 to add a controversial amendment that would require U.S. utilities to generate 15 percent of their electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar by 2020.

Notably absent from the bill is a hike in automobile fuel efficiency standards, which Pelosi put off until the fall to avoid a bruising fight with fellow Democrats including Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell of Michigan, the staunch auto industry ally who says he wants to deal with fuel standards in global warming legislation later this year.

The Senate in June approved a bill that hikes auto fuel standards to 35 miles per gallon by 2020.

The House bill must be reconciled with the Senate version, which is markedly different.

Republicans and oil-state Democrats criticized provisions in the tax portion of the House bill that would repeal reduced tax rates for major integrated oil companies, and drop foreign income tax deductions for companies that produce oil and natural gas overseas.” >> more

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We are presently undergoing a massive shift in our renewable energy uses, green technologies and self reliant lifestyles.

Each and everyone of us plays a critical role.