Friday, March 6, 2009

asparagus burn

Derek and Elias try to determine which direction the wind is blowing, before they get started. They determined it was blowing from the NE, so they lit the fire at the NE side of the asparagus field.
The grasses burned quickly, and the flames undulated like waves. "It was cool, and so intense," said Elias, 11, who also video taped so he could put it on YouTube.
"Burning the field adjusts the pH of the soil, and adds phosphorus to the soil, gets rid of insect larvae, and helps keep down weeds. It's perfect for asparagus," says Derek.
We finished about sundown, perfect timing!