How to Grow Asparagus

Category: 

Vegetable

Planting Time:

Mid Spring

Harvest Time:

No harvest in the First year, up to 50% harvest in the Second year, full harvest up until June in the Third year

Difficulty:

Hard

Planting & Care Instructions:

    Asparagus is a perennial plant that can produce a harvest every year for 20 years once mature
    Prepare soil by making sure it is well drained (adding in horticultural sand if required) and fertile (adding manure if necessary)
    Start by digging trenches approx. 18 inches deep and at least 2 spade-widths
    Create a mound down the middle of your trench using soil or manure
    Place each of the asparagus crowns/roots well spaced along the ridge so they are approx. 3 inches below the soil surface
    Cover with soil / compost and give the area a good watering
    Water roughly 2 inches worth every other week if there has not been adequate rainfall
    No asparagus can be harvested in the first year to allow to plant to establish itself
    Harvest up to 50% of the spears in the second year up until June
    A full harvest of spears can be taken from the third year onwards until June