Growing heirloom asparagus in your garden
- Perennial vegetable
- Spears with scale-like tips
- Deer resistant
- Can take up to three years to harvest from seed
Asparagus, believe it or not, is a member of the lily family. Asparagus, sometimes known as sparrow grass, has been around since 3000 BC. It used to be that it could be found growing in the wild. The older cultivated varieties of asparagus had thinner stems and were darker in color than the asparagus we know today. Heirloom asparagus has a distinct flavor that has been discussed for a long time. Many people compare it to broccoli or even beans in terms of flavor. However, asparagus isn't just eaten for its deliciousness; it's also been said to have medicinal and aphrodisiac benefits. Asparagus is high in folate, vitamins A, C, and K, as well as antioxidants. It's also delicious.
Asparagus, slender and straight, emerges from the soil surface in early spring, bringing with it our hopes and dreams for the rebirth season. Asparagus is praised for its delicious taste and soft texture, making it a luxury food. Although most people are familiar with the traditional green stalks, it also comes in white and purple colors. Peru, Germany, China, and the United States are the world's top producers. Why not start growing some in your own backyard?
A certain amount of patience is required when growing asparagus. The beautiful edible spears we all know and love are typically produced in three to four years. The asparagus plant, on the other hand, is a long-lived and devoted companion once planted. Asparagus prefers full light and well-draining soil, so make sure you plant it in the right spot. Start your asparagus on flats and plant the seeds one inch deep for the greatest results. Keep asparagus beds weeded at all times. Cut your plants back to one inch deep in the autumn and mulch with organic stuff. For appropriate growth, cold dormancy is essential.
Asparagus plants, unlike most vegetables, are perennial. Fresh heirloom asparagus shoots will be produced year after year if the roots are left undisturbed. When the asparagus spears are six to eight inches tall, harvest them. This treasured vegetable heralds the arrival of spring, accompanied by a joyful melody proclaiming the end of winter.
For more information on planting, growing, and caring for asparagus, see the Asparagus Seeds Planting Guide.