Living asparagus

Published on April 13th, 2010 | by ziggy

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Awesome Perennial Plants: How To Grow Asparagus

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Asparagus commands a particularly high price in the supermarket, but you should not be content paying a lot of money for its delicious flavor. You can grow your own patch of asparagus in your home garden that will produce for years and years to come, as long as you plan well and tend it carefully in the early phases of growth. Asparagus is yet another awesome perennial plant that will continue to provide you and your family bounty from the garden with very little inputs.

Dig in: learn how to grow asparagus

One thing to understand if you want to grow asparagus is that it takes two years to get the plant established enough so that you can actually harvest the vegetable, but after that, you will benefit from years of production without having to ever replant. And that’s the beauty of the perennial vegetable. Although it takes some start-up energy, it is fairly self-reliant once it gets comfortable.

Check out this write-up for extensive information about how to grow asparagus. What you’ll need is a nice sunny spot in your garden that has well-drained, light soil, some organic mulch, and asparagus crowns, which you can get from a local nursery.

Give it a try — your friends and family will love coming over for steamed asparagus or asparagus on the grill! Enjoy!

 

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I'm a 26-year-old currently living at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in northeast Missouri, an intentional community devoted to sustainable living and culture change. Things you might find me doing here (other than blogging) are building with natural materials, gardening, beekeeping, making cheese, candlemaking, and above all else, living simply. You can read about my on-going natural building projects at: http://www.small-scale.net/yearofmud



  • Elaine Douglass

    Hello there fellow traveler:
    In my garden I try to maximize by growing food plants I use a lot and that are expensive at the supermarket. Imagine my surprise when I was told by an old timer in the small desert Utah town of Moab in which I live, imagine my surprise when told asparagus used to grow wild all over this town years ago. Among other reasons I think is our decidedly alkaline soil, which I understand asparagus loves. Any day now I am awaiting 25 asparagus “crowns” which I ordered through Park Seeds for a total of about $45. I’ve got the plot mostly prepared; I’ve read their instructions. I know I won’t have any harvest this year. They say I’ll have a small harvest next year. Thanks for your column on asparagus.
    Elaine Douglass

  • Trudy Shawver

    I WANT TO MOVE MY ASPARAGUS BED TO A NEW LOCATION. WHEN IS A GOOD TIME TO DIG UP THE ASPARAGUS AND REPLANT? OR DO I JUST GET NEW ASPARAGUS PLANTS AND START A NEW BED?
    THANK YOU
    TRUDY

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