Asparagus Seeds produce one of the first vegetables to be harvested in the spring. The asparagus season is very short. All too soon, the sweet, melt-in-your-mouth asparagus spears have vanished. Unlike other vegetables, they miraculously reappear next spring.
Asparagus is a true perennial. (Asparagus officinalis) Commercial growers usually count on 15 to 20 years of harvest; home gardeners can keep theirs going for 40 years or more. This means you must be very picky about where you plant it . So not in the middle of the vegetable patch. Asparagus seeds grow plants with deep root systems, which will be a major obstacle when you till the soil in spring. If you’re only growing a few plants — two or three asparagus plants are probably enough for a family, then consider growing them at the edge of the vegetable patch or even as a perennial border. The long, branching, green stems and delicate, cut-leaf foliage form a tall (to 150 centimetres), are attractive plants that will height and volume to the back of your border.
If you want to grow multiple plants, prepare a special bed just for them — or let them share one with that other perennial vegetable, rhubarb. The asparagus bed can be any size or shape you want as long as there’s ample room.
Asparagus shoots supply many vitamins and minerals and are low in calories. They are best used within days of harvest so the vitamin C does not deteriorate. Store in the refrigerator with stems wrapped in a damp paper towel. Seeds can take up to three years to produce sizeable stalks. If you want to get a jump on the season, consider planting asparagus crowns.
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