Asparagus

Asparagus

Description

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Sun Exposure

        1 or 4 per sqft Spring 6-8hrs+

 

Asparagus is easy to grow in a square foot garden. The varieties you can grow in your garden are unrivalled in the supermarkets. Consider asparagus a long term investment as its a perennial and can last 20+ years. Be patient, it may take a couple of years before your first harvest and choose your spot wisely, they need room to spread out. 

How Do I Grow Asparagus?

Asparagus, is generally grown from crowns. They will take a couple years before giving a harvest. They do well in places with well drained soil and are hardy enough to survive a freeze. In fact they grow best in areas where the soil freezes in winter. Avoid areas with heavy dew and morning fog to reduce possibility of rust. Prefers full sun but will tolerate shade.

Companion Plants

Plant Asparagus with other perennials, likes nitrogen fixing plants (lupine, bush beans, crimson clover)

Harvesting

Cut the largest asparagus shoots at the surface of the soil with a sharp knife, making a slanting cut when shoots are 4-6 inches tall for about six weeks. Harvest from mature plants only: don’t harvest from first-year plants.

Nutrition

1 cup: Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Folate, Iron (16%), Copper (13%), Riboflavin (11%)

Preparing and using

Asparagus is best used as fresh as possible although it can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple days. Stand them on end on a wet pad or in a jar of cold water. Can be eaten raw, steamed, boiled, grilled, roasted or cooked in casseroles and salads.

Helpful Tips and Tricks

After harvest, remaining shoots grow into a large lacy plant. Great for filler in flower bouquets. Male plants are the most desirable due to their productivity and they don’t set seed