Growing Asparagus

Asparagus in the in the Liliaceae Family which includes: garlic, chives, shallots, onions, and leeks

Botanical Name: Asparagus Officinalis Plant Family: Liliaceae

Season: Cool (average high temperature of 35-65 degrees

Asparagus is a plant that is not for the impatient. It take 2-3 years to become established in the garden. The ideal time to harvest is when the spears are approximately 7-9 inches in height. If you let them grow much taller you'll have woody stems, leave these in the garden to put down roots for more shoots in next year's garden.

Starting Asparagus:

Asparagus starts from rooted crowns and they are planted in full sun in the early spring as soon as the soil is warm enough to be worked. Dig trenches approximately 6 inches wide and 10-12 inches deep. Mound the soil in the trench then place the crowns, spreading the roots about 16 inches apart. Like potatoes, you'll barely cover the roots, and then add soil as the stems grow until your trench is full.

Growing your Asparagus:

For best growth keep the asparagus well watered but do not let them sit in soil that doesn't drain well. Mulch the beds with approximately 4-6 inches. After you harvest, allow the ferns to grow. They are beautiful! They also help replenish the roots to help ensure strong yearly growth. Cut down unharvested spears in the fall.

Harvesting Asparagus:

Asparagus grows in the spring and early summer but has a very short harvesting period of 2-3 weeks so be prepared! Allow you newly planted asparagus plants to grow for 2-3 years before your first harvest. When it is (finally!) time for your harvest, cut the spears at 7-9 inches and enjoyed steamed, grilled, baked or roasted.

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