Enjoy flavorful spring asparagus from your backyard with this simple vegetable gardening how-to from ReMarthable Contest finalist Kendra Lord.
Tools and Materials
- Asparagus crowns
- Select a gardening space that is in full sun, keeping in mind that asparagus plants can grow as tall as 6 feet and could shade the rest of your vegetables if not positioned correctly.
- Using a trowel, dig furrows that are 6 to 8 inches deep and 3 to 5 feet apart.
- Set asparagus crowns upright in furrows, with the roots spread evenly. Cover with 2 inches of soil, creating a mound. As spears grow through the soil, gradually fill in with more soil and keep plant well watered.
- In early spring each year, plants will begin producing shoots. During the first season after planting, let your asparagus grow into ferns. During the second season, harvest selectively for only a two-week period, being careful not to over-pick and stopping when new shoots appear thin and spindly. In the third season, harvest asparagus plants for a full six to eight weeks. The plants should continue to produce spears for approximately 15 years.