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Passage I

A Long-Term Commitment


Asparagus is a popular, vegetable, but it can be expensive in the market, so many gardeners consider growing their own at home. Anyone thinking about growing asparagus, as a result, should know that it takes years of hard work and dedication before a gardener gets to harvest even a single stalk. For this hard work, the payoff is that a well-tended bed of asparagus will produce for as long as twenty years.

Choose a spot with full sun and well-draining soil for an asparagus bed. This bed should be about four feet wide, because asparagus spreads, and the soil should be prepared by removed any weeds and roots before adding aged manure or compost to the soil. It’s possible to grow asparagus from seeds, but it is more efficient to start with one-year-old “crowns,” or seedlings. Plant the crowns six inches deep and about two feet apart in a single foot-wide trench in the center of the prepared bed, and then top them with about three inches of soil. Every two weeks add another inch or two of soil until slight mounds like manmade anthills that mound up over the crowns develop along the trench.

Also must weed.

[1] While watering, check for asparagus beetles and asparagus miners, pests that can destroy the crop before it even begins to produce. [2] For the first two years regularly, the asparagus bed needs to be watered and fertilized in the spring and fall. [3] Remember to not harvest any wispy, fern-like asparagus’ spears’ that appear during the first two years because the plants need to devote their energy to building deep roots. [4] When getting ready for winter, cover the bed with straw and any lingering foliage, just remember to destroy the fern-like foliage before the new growth appears in the spring.

In the third season, the asparagus is finally ready to be harvested. In the fourth year, the asparagus grows more robustly, and the harvest period lasted for eight weeks.

Eventually, over many years it may be necessary to pick asparagus as much as twice a day to keep up.

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