Asparagus has certainly gotten a very bad reputation throughout the years. Young children don’t want to eat and adult gardeners don’t want to grow it. This nutritious vegetable provides a great way to get many valuable vitamins. As a spring plant this vegetable provides a fresh flavor to the table after a long winter of root vegetables. As for growing it, there’s no need to panic, it doesn’t have to be hard.
Planning is the key
When you begin to think of growing asparagus you’re going to really need to give this some thought. Asparagus grows best in a soil that drains well and in an area that gets plenty of natural light. So when considering this you’ll want to consider your existing trees and shrubs. You will also want to consider any vegetables that you plan to plant around or near you asparagus. Any plants that are going to block the light will need to be considered. It’s also important to remember that Asparagus can produce for up to fifteen years. So plan accordingly before planting for best results in the future.
It’s important to till your bed very well and use an organic fertilizer such as manure or compost as well. This is also a good time to address the watering needs of your plants also. Most people agree that a drip water system or soaker hoses are the optimal way to provide much needed water to your asparagus. These devices can also be set on a timer to prevent a forgotten watering time or over watering as well.
Choosing your plants and planting
Most experts agree that it is best to invest in male asparagus crowns for the best flavor from your plants. These crowns are purchased and planted in a dormant state. To plant your asparagus begin by soaking your crowns for fifteen minutes and up to twenty minutes in water. You will also need to dig some shallow trenches as well. Now you can simply lay the crowns in the trenches with one foot of space between them. Now cover them and be patient. Soon you will be ready to harvest and eat your asparagus.