|Of the many questions people have posted on asparagus, no one seems to ask how to harvest it. I guess it seems obvious (just snap off the spears), but sometimes I feel that snapping off the spears by hand might put lots of strain on the crowns. Do you recommend using a knife? If so, how deep should you cut the spears (relative to the ground? relative to the crowns themselves?) Does any particular method seem to encourage better production of spears?|
My asparagus was already planted in my community garden plot when I got it so I don't know how old it is. It seems to be doing great though, I've had a good crop for two years now. Oh, one more question, why are some spears real thick and others thin?
|As a matter of fact, just the opposite is true when harvesting asparagus. If you use a knife, you may injure the crown, but snapping the spears off at or just below ground level will keep the crowns safe from injury.|
Mature crowns produce thick spears. When the size of the spears begins to diminish, stop harvesting and allow ferns to develop to help recharge the roots for next year's harvest.