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There's nothing more satisfying than snapping fresh Asparagus spears out of the veggie patch for dinner as you need them. This nutrient-packed veggie is low in calories and a great source of fibre, folate and vitamins A, C and K.
Many people have never seen Asparagus growing, but cultivating your own at home is very easy and rewarding, the hardest part being the patience required while you wait for your first usable harvest. Don't expect to be eating homegrown asparagus in your first season, instead wait till the spears have reached the thickness of your pinkie, usually in their second year when the crown has developed. From then on though, you can expect a seasonal crop for up to 15+ years! Happy days.
Asparagus is a herbaceous perennial plant, and each winter the foliage dies back and the crown and roots store energy until the warm weather returns. New shoots are produced in spring from these energy reserves. If allowed to develop, the spears grow into tall fern like fronds, which produce energy and intern develop the underground crown.
Asparagus plants can be grown from seed, seedlings or more commonly dormant crowns, and late July, August or early Sept is the best time to plant.