Armstrong Valley Farm Asparagus Harvest

Monday May 16, 2022 Guerneville CA.

Armstrong  Valley Farm

I received an email last night from my brother asking me to harvest his asparagus as he was off on a trip and knew they had to be harvested so they’d grow more for the weekend farmer’s market when he returns. He said I could have all I  wanted to eat of the ones I harvested.

Headed to the asparagus patch

I got my cutters and some plastic bags he recommended and  took off walking through this old gate.gate1


His garden is just across the bridge on  the neighbor’s place.bridge2


Green house

I went through his gate and had a look inside his green house just to see. It looks like he has some bean plants growing in there so far.greenhouse3



I walked across  his garden to the asparagus patch in the far end as far as you can see. Those are potatoes there in the foreground.gardem4


The asparagus patch is just on the other side of these potato plants. He plants a lot of potatoes.potatoes5


Asparagus patch

Here’s the asparagus patch, a bit weedy but the asparagus are doing well in there.patch6


How to do this?

I studied the situation and decided the plastic bags weren’t going to do and would be a pain in the ass to load them up., partly because there were so many asparagus to harvest.spears7


Small piles

I cut the asparagus and made piles of them to start with just to get started.harvesting8


And a big pile

Then I moved the small piles to here to figure out how I was going to transport them back to his place.  I had this green shopping bag with me and thought maybe I could get them all in it and use that to  move them to  his place. I was pretty sure I could get them into that bag, but not positive.harvest9


Transporting them

I got them all in that bag but now I had to get them back to his place about a quarter mile away.bag10


I decided to try to pack them so I took off back through the garden.garden11


Good rest place

I made it to just outside his garden fence and put the bag down and rested on the neighbor’s nice bench for a bit.bench12


A good oh, oh

After a good rest I got up and headed to  his house,,,,,,,,,,,,But.

I forgot the asparagus. Tom’s helper Steve was working on cleaning eggs at Tom’s place so I borrowed his golf cart and got the eggs which turned out easier anyway.

The haul

Here’s the haul. I took out what’s in the plastic bag for  me that should last several meals or so and then  found a box to put the rest of them in. Steve’s cleaning those eggs up for he market.aspargas12



Kitty Kat came by to watch.kat13


I put these asparagus in his walk in cooler.boxed13


I wasn’t sure my back was going to make that and it was a bit sore so I had a nap and did some chair hopping around the yard.

Drone repair school

Then I spent a good deal of time learning about repairing drones on YouTube. It doesn’t look too difficult for my skills.


The sun was about to go down.sky14


Nice day.

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Not Much Worked Out Today, Except for the Berries

Sunday May 15, 2022 Guerneville CA.

I didn’t sleep real well last night so not much energy today.

Once I got up I had a nap for an hour o so.

Working on the new shelf

Then I went outside to work on the new folding shelf for my van door.

I needed to figure out how I was going to mount the hardware so the screws wouldn’t go through the new cutting board that was rather thin. I think I figured out how to do that but then I discovered I had bought the wrong brackets for folding and holding the shelf up. shelf


Wrong brackets

The ones I got are for a shelf that folds down to use instead of one that goes up to use so back to the store for me to get the right ones sometime this week.

The wrong brackets.brackets


Testing the repaired drone

After another nap it was time to try out the repaired drone to see if it would work.

Here’s the repaired arm on the drone.arm


Now a phone problem

Well things didn’t go well with that. The first thing that went wrong is my phone wouldn’t load the flying app and would just close when I tried to open it. It said not enough memory, so what to do. I tried different things on the phone to no avail. I’m not real good  using the cell phone, like I am with my computer so I couldn’t figure out what to do to fix the problem but finally I decided to format the second sim card and that fixed it after a couple of hours of frustration.

More drone problems

Once that was fixed I tried the drone again and it wouldn’t connect with the controller to fly. The controller could talk with the drone to see pictures but it would not power up with the error message that it had a power problem so there is more damage to the drone somewhere that I’ll have to work on.

The drone didn’t fly today.drone


I put the drone stuff away and will have to do some more research on how to go about repairing it. I suspect something came loose inside when it crashed.

Lots of strawberries

Needing a snack I checked out the strawberries and ate some of them.berries


I noticed the blueberries are just starting to ripen and was able to eat a few of them that had turned blue.blueberries


It seems like most of the stuff I tried to work on today didn’t want to cooperate but it was still a nice day.

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