How to grow asparagus

How to grow asparagus

Find out how to grow delicious asparagus spears and varieties to try, in our Grow Guide.

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Do not Harvest in January

Do not Harvest in February

Do not Harvest in March

Do Harvest in April

Do Harvest in May

Do Harvest in June

Do not Harvest in July

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Do not Harvest in September

Do not Harvest in October

Do not Harvest in November

Do not Harvest in December

Asparagus is a delicious early summer perennial vegetable grown for the tender young shoots, known as spears. It’s a delicacy that might seem out of reach as a grow-your-own crop, as it needs space and long-term commitment. However, although you won’t be able to harvest the spears for the first few years, it’s well worth the wait. Also, once established, an asparagus bed is relatively easy to maintain, and you can expect to reap the rewards for as long as 20 years.

Growing asparagus

How to grow asparagus - growing asparagus
How to grow asparagus – growing asparagus

Asparagus grows best in light, well-drained soil. You can still grow asparagus on heavy soil, but it’s worth creating a raised bed. Choose an open, sunny site and make sure it is well prepared with plenty of organic matter and is free of weeds.

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