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Asparagus Season!

May 9th, 2018

We really enjoy asparagus, when we moved here, there was supposed to be an asparagus patch. It was overgrown with quack grass, and thus the asparagus was not happy. After a good weeding and mulching, we thought it would bounce back, it didn’t.


Two year ago, I started two heirloom varieties of asparagus from seed. Last year, I added 50 crowns of asparagus (25 of Jersey Supreme, 25 of Purple Passion).

They grew well all last year, this year we will be able to harvest a few spears. Newer studies show that asparagus actually produces longer if they are harvested in their second year.

Next year, I’ll replant the crowns started from seed in rows, I’m not sure where I will put them at the moment, perhaps in second rows alongside the current rows of asparagus. When I went to Monticello 8 years ago, I was blown away by the HUGE bed of asparagus.

A huge plot of asparagus foliage is a really show stopper in the garden. Since my asparagus will be behind a perennial border, I think it may be the perfect backdrop for a mix of roses, clematis, catmint, and other lovelies. You certainly can’t beat the perennial nature of asparagus, a vegetable you plant only once every 25 years or so is a big win in my book!

What’s one of your favorite seasonal vegetables?

2 Comments to “Asparagus Season!”
  1. Misti on May 9, 2018 at 9:20 am

    I have some asparagus I started from seed and I really need to start more so I can fill out the section that it is growing in, certainly not the amount of plants you have, though!

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  2. Julia at Home on 129 Acres on May 10, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    I have asparagus that I started from seed two years ago, and I’m planning to transplant it this year. Any suggestions on timing? Now?

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