Growing Asparagus

Home Grown AsparagusGrowing asparagus is very rewarding. Asparagus is one of the first crops that you will harvest from your garden and the plants produce spears for about 15 – 20 years! Asparagus is expensive from the shops and the spears doesn’t taste nearly as good as homegrown ones. You need a little patience as it takes 2 years before you can start harvesting, but it’s well worth it, as you’ll be rewarded with succulent spears that taste fantastic lightly steamed and smothered in butter for many many years to come!


How to Grow Asparagus – QUICKSTART GUIDE
  • Plant one-year old crowns during AprilVegetable growing calendar - Asparagus
  • Plant crowns on a ridge along the centre of a trench 40cm (15in) apart
  • Cover with soil
  • Support ferny growth
  • Harvest when the spears are about 13-18cm (5-7in) tall
  • Stop harvesting in mid JunePlanting asparagus crowns
  • Cut foliage to 2.5cm (1in) above ground level in autumn
  • Do not harvest for first 2 years after planting (Important)

Asparagus Varieties

Connovers Colossal – high yields, excellent flavour, bright green spears with purple tips, RHS Award of Garden Merit
Blacklim – all male, good thick spears, good yields, mid to late season
Gijnlim – all male, thick spears, good yields, early to mid season, mid green spears with purple tips
Stewarts Purple – sweet tender spears, purple colour, retains colour when steamed, mid season
Mondeo – early season, high yields, excellent flavour

1. Growing Asparagus – QUICKSTART GUIDE
2. Planting Asparagus Crowns – Information on planting an asparagus bed
3. Harvesting Asparagus – Information on cutting asparagus spears
4. Asparagus Growing Tips – Some tips to give you a head start
5. Asparagus Beetle and Other Pests – Information on asparagus problems

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