Guide on Growing Asparagus
As a perennial plant, asparagus thrives in cool regions. It’s relatively easy to grow this plant every year, especially when the plant bed has become established at a proper location.
You can grow asparagus by propagating older plants, crowns, and seeds. I have tried growing them from crowns and seeds in a raised bed in my backyard.
Conditions for Growing Asparagus
Choosing where to grow your asparagus is probably the most important decision you need to make. While it takes time for an asparagus plant to become established, you will continue reaping harvests for 20 years or more. Avoid moving that plant bed while growing and producing harvest to help them become established.
If you want to plant asparagus crowns, preparing the soil in the fall is best. This way, they may be planted outside in the spring as soon as the soil is workable down to a depth of 18 inches.
If you live in zone 3 regions, you’ll have more luck growing asparagus in the latter part of April.
Asparagus thrives in soil that is loose, well-drained, and devoid of weeds, other roots, and rocks. Choose an area that gets at least eight hours of sunlight per day. The ideal soil pH for asparagus is between 6.5 and 7.0. Before planting your asparagus, deeply incorporate compost into your soil.
Although it can be planted in a raised bed, asparagus is typically cultivated in an in-ground garden. It is crucial to mulch asparagus plants in raised beds in the fall with a covering of roughly 4 inches of straw or leaves. It will benefit from the mulch’s protection from the winter weather.
More Tips for Growing Asparagus
Most gardeners prefer growing asparagus from crowns. This means that harvesting can begin a year earlier. Asparagus crowns can be purchased from most garden centers or ordered online.
If you buy asparagus crowns early in the spring before the earth has completely defrosted, plant them as soon as you get them home in a pot with soil. It’s best to keep them in a garage or any cool space while waiting for the right time to plant them outside.