Asparagus is an edible perennial plant that will create a dramatic appeal to your garden ensemble. The dark green tips on each stalk will transform into a fern-like, feathery display; giving way to a striking depth of scenic beauty. Learn how to grow asparagus: follow this step-by-step guide on how to prepare the seeds or dormant crowns and the method to proper soil preparation, along with the best location to plant in your garden.
In a few months, you will begin to notice a billowy row of fern-like branches. For the first three years, resist harvesting the asparagus and allow the crowns to mature to establish a good root system in the ground. On the third year, you may begin to harvest them each spring; the beginning of a special 20 year relationship of dependable spring vegetables.
Asparagus is a nutritious perennial plant and will go dormant to survive cold winter temperatures outside. Harvested asparagus can be used in preparing raw salads, lightly blanched for a few seconds in boiling water or prepared into a nutritious stir-fry meal.
The stalk tips will begin to “fern-out” to a feathery display if left uneaten or to mature, adding dramatic beauty to your edible garden landscape.
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How to prepare your asparagus in the garden
Late spring to summer is the best time to plant asparagus seeds with no threat of frost. Choose an area in your garden where it will provide at least 5 hours of full sun light; this will allow for germination and effective rooting; a sunny border along a driveway is a perfect location.
How to plant asparagus in the garden:
You will need to dig a ground hole 6 inches in depth by 4 inches in width; allow a foot of space between each planting.
Add 3 inches of rich compost to the bottom of your newly dug hole, place three seeds or a dormant asparagus crown (they may be purchased online or at a reputable nursery) then with a garden soil mix for vegetable plants, cover with soil over the seeds or crown until completely covered. Pat lightly.
Caring for asparagus in your edible garden
Water every other day, keeping the area moist and well drained, lightly mulch if you prefer to retain good moisture balance. Space each asparagus crown between 15-20 inches apart. Each crown you plant will yield many asparagus spears once they have been given at least three years to mature. This will give them time to establish a sturdy root system.