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    When to Plant Asparagus

    Asparagus seedlings

    Asparagus can be started from seeds or crowns. Plants grown from seed commonly produce a larger number of slightly bigger and more tender spears. Set out seedlings 12-inch seedlings 4 weeks after the last frost. Sow seeds indoors 12 to 14 weeks before planting out. Soak seeds overnight in tepid water to improve germination. Plant […] More

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    Asparagus Growing

    Asparagus shoots

    Asparagus requires a carefully chosen site. It’s a perennial crop that is going to grow in the same spot for up to 20 years. To produce a crop that will give you plenty of spears each year, you need to plant a whole bed of asparagus at one time. (Plant ten plants for each person; […] More

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    Canning the Asparagus Harvest

    Asparagus canned

    Home grown asparagus can be cut for canning the second spring after planting. The harvest time lasts 4 to 6 weeks and begins when temperatures rise above 55°F. Then asparagus sends up stalks from its thick underground roots. Asparagus stalks grow 2 to 3 inches a day in cool weather, 7 to 8 inches a […] More

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    How to Protect Asparagus Plants from Winter

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    Protect perennial asparagus plants from cold temperature damage by mulching the asparagus bed with compost, aged manure, or straw before freezing weather or snow arrives. Asparagus crowns can produce tasty spears for 20 years or longer if given the right care and nutrients. The ferny stalks and branching growth of asparagus plants capture energy through […] More

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    How to Cook and Serve Asparagus with No Recipe

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    Cooked asparagus has a subtle sweet grassy flavor. It is a perfect match to salty dairy ingredients such as butter, Parmesan cheese, and hollandaise sauce. Asparagus also is well matched to slightly sulfurous-tasting foods: eggs, shellfish, and garlic. There are three types of asparagus: green asparagus which can be both sweet and slightly tart flavored, […] More

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    Asparagus Growing and Care Calendar

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    Asparagus is among the earliest and tastiest crops each year. Perennial asparagus beds can produce spears for decades and decades with proper care throughout the years. Plant asparagus where there is plenty of sun in the spring and the soil is rich in organic matter and well-drained. As a guide, you will need about 20 […] More

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    How to Prepare, Cook, and Serve Asparagus

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    Asparagus plants produce young edible shoots—called “spears”–for about six weeks each spring just as the days begin to lengthen and winter fades. The season for asparagus is late winter through late spring—the season’s peak depends upon where you live. How to Select Asparagus Select asparagus with firm, plump, straight, round spears. The tips should be […] More