This year, I decided, was time to make the plunge. Now that I have a front yard garden, the limited garden space in the backyard can be used for more permanent crops. The citrus trees went in last year, so this year it was time for asparagus!
I used my Christmas gift cards to go on a Home Depot shopping spree, and came home with (among other things) a bunch of asparagus crowns. This is what they look like:
|Image credit: Territorial Seed.com|
The project began in January. Knowing I couldn’t harvest for a couple of years, I chose a spot behind the pool that doesn’t get a lot of traffic. It was lying fallow with a thick cover of straw to keep the weeds down and preserve moisture.
I cleared the area of straw and started digging. And digging. And digging. You get the picture. I found some squirmy worms along the way that let me know my soil is good and healthy though!
After what seemed like an excruciating amount of digging, I had a nice deep trench.
With a healthy layer of homemade compost to lay the crowns into and some dirt on top, I was done. I covered up the fresh, soft dirt with netting and sticks to keep Neighbor Kitty away, and I waited.
Good thing I covered it up, because Neighbor Kitty just loves luxuriating by the asparagus bed. Note the extra sticks and PVC pipe to keep him out of trouble.
By mid-March, other gardeners started reporting on their asparagus successes. I figured it was time to go check on my crop and bask in the glory of my hard work. It was too soon to harvest, but at least I could brag.
Do you have a magnifying glass handy? Here, I’ll put a big red arrow in the picture to help you out. That’s my crop! It’s a little thicker than a pencil lead.
What do you think? Should my asparagus patch go the way of my potatoes? Or should I give it another try? Cast your vote in the comments…