They look sort of like a handful of dried mini-squid, but really it's a handful of dormant, bare-root asparagus plants. We got 24 plants of Martha Washington asparagus and put them in their new home last week.
[This will be a permanent spot for the asparagus. I'll load it up on chicken dirt in the fall.]
First I dug the bed over well to loosen the soil, then we dug three trenches longways in the bed - about 8 inches deep. Then we opened the roots out and put the plants in.
Then we covered the plants over lightly with about 6 inches of soil -
leaving the rest in hills between the trenches. When new
growth appears, we'll cover them the rest of the way and plant some
parsley, basil and some mixed flowers in there for company.
Doesn't look like much now, but it should be gorgeous in July.