Asparagus is a member of the fern family. The stalks that are eaten are really young shoots that will transform into a frond if not gathered immediately. Shoots should be gathered when they are about the tallness of your hand.
How to plant asparagus
The success that you will accomplish when growing an asparagus is determined by how much care you’ve provide it. Asparagus develops very gradually. It takes three years from seed to first light harvest. Most gardeners start planting the crops in May.
Cut an entire year off the development time by planting one year old roots. Two year old roots are likewise accessible, yet numerous gardeners lean toward the more youthful ones.
At the point when the two year old roots are burrowed from the nursery bed, such an extensive amount of their structure is abandoned that they are slow back to recoup from the stun of migration.
When constructing an asparagus bed, remember that developing asparagus roots require a thick layer of soil protection from the elements and the dangers of development.
- Dig a trench a foot profound and 18 inches wide. Leave a separation of 4 feet, center to center, between the trenches, if planting more than one line of asparagus.
- At the base of the trench, separate the soil to the profundity of a spading fork, around 8-10 inches.
- Include ½ pound of 10-10-10 fertilizer to every 10 foot extend of trench in your asparagus bed.
- At that point include 4 inches of matured fertilizer in the base of the asparagus trench, which will keep the plants very much bolstered for a considerable length of time.
- To give the roots a strong construct to rest on, walk over the soil in the base of the trench to firm it.
- Rake it to make it level
- Fan the asparagus roots like the arms of an octopus.
- Lay them at 2 foot dispersing along the floor of the trench.
- Cover the delicate roots tenderly with 2 inches of garden soil.
Asparagus flourishes in nonpartisan soil, with a pH of around 7.0. On the off chance that a soil test demonstrates the trench soil in your asparagus bed is excessively acid, sweeten it with ground limestone.
Care for the asparagus bed
In the summer, pull in more soil from the sides of the trenches until the asparagus bed is filled in totally. At regular intervals – every 3 months, dress the rows of developing asparagus with a modest bunch of 10-10-10 fertilizer for each plant.
- Two years in the wake of planting, the one year old roots will have delivered a healthy yield.
- The developing asparagus will be prepared for harvest when the stems are around 8 inches tall and ½ inch or more prominent in diameter.
- Keep the first harvest to a minimum.
- This permits whatever number stems as would be prudent to keep developing and feed the plants in the next years.
- The developing asparagus should be gathered on time.
- Amid warm climate, you will need to harvest each day.
- The developing stems rapidly convey side branches and foliage, and when this happens the harvest opportunity is lost.
- The way to harvest is to twist the stems until they break.
- Treat the bed with 5-10-5 or 10-10-10 fertilizer instantly after the reap and again in mid-July and mid-August.