Plant Asparagus Once and Enjoy for Years

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Difficulty: Beginner
Duration: 1 hour

 

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Easy-to-grow asparagus can produce loads of sweet, tender spears for more than a month each spring, but it takes patience. Once established, this delicious vegetable will come back for years with little care. Plus, the ferny fronds look beautiful in summer, and you can even use them in flower arrangements. 

What are you waiting for? Plant asparagus now!

How to Plant Asparagus:

  1. Choose a sunny, well-drained spot and dig out all weeds and grasses. Dig at least 6” deep to loosen the soil.
  2. Mix 4” compost deep into the loosened soil.
  3. Shape two parallel trenches 6” deep. For 8 plants, you’ll need two 4’ trenches.
  4. Plant asparagus roots 15” apart in offset rows so they form a zigzag pattern. Use your hands to spread the roots.
  5. Cover with 4” of loose soil.
  6. Water well.
  7. Mulch with 2” of weed-free, fine-textured mulch such as yard waste, compost or hardwood bark mulch. With young asparagus, mulch is essential to prevent weeds.
  8. Be patient. Small spears that grow into feathery fronds will push up through the mulch in late spring but do not pick any that first year. Only harvest a few the second and after that, expect abundant asparagus for many springs to come.

Tip:

If you like thick asparagus spears, choose an all-male hybrid with ‘Jersey’ in its name. Some people prefer the thinner spears produced by older varieties like ‘Mary Washington.’

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