I grow the best asparagus around my area as I am told. When you put asparagus in you can't use them the fst year. I let mine seed out when it is time and they stay there all winter. At the middle of March I take the lawn mower ever the patch and clean it completely out. Th old stalks can cut your fingers when you cut the asparagus if they are too tall. Then 10/10 an lime are put on t patch and in April it is tilled. This April it has been so hot that th asparagus started to come up too soon and where as small as a tooth pick so every couple of days I went out and cut everyone down because they would be 2 inches and seeding out not good. Now they are comng on as big as my finger and that is what you want. I wasn't able to get out there yesterday and I checked them and they are way too tall but it rained today and is too rain tomorrow. Hope I can get them cut tomorrow but I can only do what I can. I found about 30 plants that are all round my yard so fall I will dig them up and put them in th rows. Esy to grow but have too keep a watch on them and cut every other day. Have fun ad enjoy.
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Asparagus is a bit of a space hog, but it is so worth growing your own. I love to nibble the raw ends on the way to the kitchen. I have some purple ones ( I think Royalty was part of the name) I got from Burpee about 15 years ago, I couldn't find them to order when we moved, so I just have a couple I dug up and moved across town, planted the rest of the bed with roots purchased locally, the purples are earlier and bigger.
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It's worth growing if you really like it! Personally, I find it too much trouble so it's one veggie I just buy. As others have said, it's a perennial so it doesn't necessarily need a bed to itself but it's helpful so you don't have to try to remember where it is! It's also hard to keep weeded-I'm not sure what it is about asparagus, but it seems to attract weed seeds and you just really have to keep on top of the weeds-all year! Being perennial, it's not like the rest of your beds where you clean them out at the end of the season and then deal with the winter weeds the next spring-asparagus you have to be careful pulling weeds so you don't snap the asparagus shoots off!
What RBRINK21 said is right, just a couple of added comments. You can buy asparagus seed, but it takes a couple of years longer to grow to the point of being able to harvest. Buying the root crowns on line will usually give you a larger choice of varieties than local nurseries. I personally like Purple Passion. The spears are purple as they come up and it is sweeter than most other asparagus. I use it raw in an asparagus salad & it beautiful. When you steam/cook it the spears do turn green. If you want to plant it this year, you need to order it as soon as you can because it is about planting time in many areas.
It will need it's own bed and you shouldn't pick any until it's 3rd season in the ground. At that point you only want to pick a small amount. After that you can pick more of it until it begins to put up thin shoots (diameter of a pencil). Then let it grow out to ferns. Cut it down when it browns.
They are usually sold as root crowns which most nurseries will carry. You can ask your local nursery when they will have it in stock. You can also mail order them from various places like Territorial Seed.
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