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.
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.