If you decide you’d like to grow asparagus in your vegetable garden, here are a few pointers to be sure it grows healthy and successfully:
- First, asparagus loves full sun, so be sure to plant it in an area that will receive a good amount of sunlight.
- Next, check your soil and make sure it’s rich enough. Perform a PH test if possible; asparagus prefer soil with a pH of 6.5 to 7.0.
- Plant the crowns in the soil about 7 inches deep, and create a v-shaped hole.
- When your asparagus is new to your vegetable garden, they should be watered with about one to two inches of water the first few weeks.
- Once they’ve become established, you should only water them when there is little rainfall.
You can purchase asparagus seeds and crowns in many gardening catalogs and some nurseries. Asparagus crowns refer to the top of the asparagus, and the bottom has established some form of root system so that it is ready for planting.
The first year of growing your asparagus, the plant should not be harvested. It takes time for asparagus to develop a strong and healthy root system that will ensure new growth over the years. Patience is key when growing this vegetable. Some say it even takes three years before the crop can really be harvested. Another important tip when growing asparagus in your vegetable garden is to weed the growth area frequently. Weeds can run rampant and really destroy your crop. Frequent composting and mulching is also recommended to ensure strong and fruitful growth. Patience and care will reap benefits when you are able to eat a delicious meal with some asparagus that you grew yourself.
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