Asparagus is one of the few perennial vegetables. This means that you do not have to plant it every year in order to get a harvest. A well-maintained patch will last for decades.
Asparagus grows the best in areas where the soil freezes in the winter. It should be sheltered in areas that have heavy morning dew or lots of fog.
Asparagus enjoys fertile, well-drained soil. Prepare the soil for planting by removing any perennial weeds.
Asparagus can be planted by seed. It takes three years before the plants mature. To achieve a quicker harvest, use 1-year-old crowns to start your asparagus bed.
Harvest the asparagus spears when they are still tightly closed.
Pests and Diseases
Asparagus is susceptible to asparagus rust. To prevent rust grow rust resistant types. To reduce the damage caused by the asparagus beetle, compost old asparagus foliage every fall and mulch the asparagus bed.
- The Practical Gardener's Encyclopedia; Geoffrey Burnie; 2000
- The Ohio State University: Growing Asparagus in the Home Garden
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