It's a good idea when growing veg, to grow those that you like to eat. I also like the idea of growing fresh veg to cook for gîte visitors, but in fact most of our visitors come in the early half of the year, so it's difficult to have home-grown veg ready in time.
Asparagus is an exception in that it is ready in the early Spring, from April or so, and it has the advantages of being easy to grow and it is quite expensive in the shops. So I am having a go at growing it next year, with a view to eating it myself, and maybe having some left over for gîte guests.
Constraints of space still apply, and the veg patch is currently at least half-full with strawberries, blackcurrants, gooseberries and raspberries. I need to enlarge it, and that is what I have been doing over the last few days. I will then prepare a bed for the asparagus, incorporating a lot of sand, and compost from the compost heap into the new area.
I use a string guide to delineate the new boundary, and having done so, the next thing to do is to take off the grass layer. I do this in strips one spade blade wide, making a heap of little sods off to one side. These will be buried later, deep enough so they don't regrow. Once the whole area is cleared, I can dig a trench to fill with goodies for the asparagus, like sand and compost.
While I'm out there, I notice that the front panel on one of my new water butts is bent; it has been pushed in. I'm sure it wasn't like that before, I wonder what might have done that? Wild Boar? When I look closer at it, I see that the little spigot has been broken, it looks like it has been pushed down from above. All becomes clear. Some little sod has been climbing on it.