This year is my first attempt at growing asparagus. I have a friend who gave me a plant in the middle of summer and it is doing really well so far. Since I haven’t grown asparagus before, I figured I should probably do some research and figure out how to best care for this new addition to my garden. Here is what I found out:
Growing asparagus is quite easy. It comes back year after year once it is established. The trick with asparagus is getting it established. As with many perennial plants (plants that come back each year), it is important not to harvest till the plant has developed a good root system (2-3 years for Asparagus). So, patience is required, but it is definitely worth the wait.
Once an asparagus plant is established, you can begin harvesting it each season. The season usually starts in late spring/early summer and will continue for 6 to 7 weeks. Depending on how many plants you have, this will give you significant yields each year for a minimal amount of effort. Once the plant begins slowing down on sending up new shoots, it is nearing the end of its production for that season. The asparagus spears can be harvested by either snapping or cutting them off above ground.I’m excited to see how my first Asparagus plant does. For further reading on growing your own asparagus, check out this link on the website Grit.com (How to Grow Asparagus).
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