Tips for Growing Asparagus
Planting asparagus is a past time of many people. This vegetable can be quite costly at the supermarket. It has a short growing season and is very rich in important nutrients. Asparagus is a perianal vegetable that is one of the first spring crops. It contains vitamin C, vitamin B, iron and calcium.
As for growing your own asparagus, it tends to grow well in areas that have a cold winter, with ground freezes. It can be grown in almost all states, but does not do well in Florida because of the hot, humid weather. It also does not like the wetlands.
Before planting asparagus, it is important to decide where you are going to plant it. The reason for this is because it will come up again each spring. Some asparagus fields have been growing steadily for more than 20 years. Asparagus plants tend to enjoy the full sun as opposed to a shady area. Planting this vegetable in an area that is exposed to full sun also lessens the chance of it getting root rot due to growing in an area that is damp and wet.
When first planting the asparagus, make sure that the planting bed is clear of other plant debris and roots. The asparagus plant is either male or female. The male plant generally gives a higher yield as there is no need for them to produce seeds.
If you plan on planting asparagus from plants as opposed to seedlings, choose 1 year old crowns. They produce just a quick as 2 year old crowns. When you are preparing the ground for planting the asparagus, make sure to dig trenches that are 6 inches deep by 12 inches wide. Keep their roots wrapped in wet moss until ready to plant. The roots should also be soaked in a wet compost solution before being placed in the ground.
Plants should be placed 1-2 feet apart and covered with 2 inches of soil. Once the plant takes hold after a couple of weeks, make sure that you add some additional soil to the top of the plant.