Among the earliest crops in spring, plantings of this hardy perennial can last for decades if well cared for, and the fine foliage makes it a natural for edible landscaping. But careful consideration of where to grow asparagus is a must - this perennial vegetable can remain in production for 10 to 20 years!
Some tips for planning your optimal asparagus bed:
Once your bed is established, there are a few things you can do to ensure an easy, prolific harvest annually. Keep plantings well cultivated and mulched to prevent weeds from getting established. Mulch heavily around plantings to keep spreading weeds such as quackgrass from invading. Also, do not cut back the ferns (flowers) in Fall until they die naturally. This ensures that enough energy and nutrients have been produced for the next year's crop!
How to harvest:
How to enjoy:
Asparagus is a great diverse vegetable! It can be steamed and blanched, sauteed, grilled, roasted, stir-fried, and even eaten raw! For some new ideas on how you can cook it click here.
Last updated June 8, 2023