Speaking of asparagus, I like to forage for it, but I love going out in my garden to pick it. Now is the time to plant asparagus and here's how.
Dig a trench 8" to 10" deep and a foot wide, don't skimp on the width, you'll see why. Note my first bunching onion patch.I moved these to the upper right corner of the bed about 5' out from the asparagus.
Spread out the roots. Don't crowd them. Plant 12" to 16" apart in rows 3' apart.
Fill in trench to original ground level as plants grow. Black plastic keeps weeds at bay between rows.
I got a little behind in my weeding and filling in the trench. Nice growth, though.
The plants are looking really good. Now if you thought all that work was hard, well the next steps are critical and even more important.
1. Do not eat any shoots in year one. You can't grow roots without the plant.
2. Year two, maybe a spear or two per plant. I told you it was hard!
3. Year three, OK a few more spears per plant, really hard!
4. Year four, pick them all for 4-6 weeks and let the plant grow into those feathery beauties for the
rest of the season.
- You can expect 20-30 years of full picking, very great return for your investment. Pepe