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Asparagus, the Perennial Vegetable That Keeps Giving

By ediblelandscapingsc
August 3, 2015

How would you like to plant a vegetable once and harvest it repeatedly for 20 years or more? With Asparagus you can do just that.

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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 2, 2015 7:28 PM CST
I so agree with the advice to "select and prepare your asparagus bed with care" !! I would highly recommend planting in a spot that you've already been gardening in for at least a few years, improving the soil and eliminating weeds (particularly grass and the like). Asparagus is the first veggie that's ready in my garden -- in other areas that may not be the case -- and there is nothing like picking and eating those first spears (usually in May for me). I usually stop picking around the 4th of July but went a bit longer this year because spring was very late... but you need to stop picking once the spears are the size of a pencil, no matter when that happens; and leave the tops to grow until they die or freezing weather sets in, because they will feed the roots for next year's crop. Just ate the last of our asparagus with dinner tonight, and it was still delicious!
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Name: Louise Alley
Central Maine, Waterville (Zone 5a)
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Nov 4, 2015 6:38 AM CST
Just added compost; then covered the bed with pine needles in my 30+ year old asparagus bed. Production may not be tops, but surely it keeps on giving!! At the out door dining area in Maine's fantastic Botanical Garden they use asparagus as a hedge and inter plant annuals in the front. It is grand!!
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Nov 4, 2015 8:12 AM CST
It would certainly make an impressive hedge -- mine was at least 8 feet tall this year!
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