Monday, December 03, 2012

Asparagus



Our asparagus is finally starting to yellow and die back for the winter.



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5 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

The word asparagus makes my mouth water. I hope you have a good crop next year. I like your rusty yard ornaments.

gwendolen said...

Asparagus. Yum. When do you usually eat them?
We buy them in May & June.

Marvin said...

Thanks, Lisa. A craftsman over in Oklahoma City made the ornaments. He's primarily a potter, but plays around with a little metal working too.

Gwen: Our asparagus spears can begin poking through the mulch as early as late March. The bulk of production is in April and May.

Birdy said...

Unluckily never had the chance to taste asparagus. Not sure whether they grow with us or not.

Marvin said...

I'm not sure if you can grow asparagus or not, Birdy. Traditionally, it was only grown in cooler climates. It needs to die back and go dormant for several months. This happens during our winter.

However, these days there are newer varieties that will grown in the southern US -- still a temperate climate, though.

Asparagus grows in a permanent bed. The worst thing is that you must wait two or three years after planting a bed before harvesting. In the first couple of years the plants need to put all their energy into establishing their root system.