To get your Asparagus bed started you
will want to select an area of your garden that can be left alone
for many years. Because, unlike most other vegetables, Asparagus plants
can live a long, long time.
Asparagus should be planted in soil that is deep with organic
matter. Plants should be 12 to 18 inches apart in rows that are 3
feet apart. Plant the potted plants at ground level and not in a
trench like you would a bareroot crown. Asparagus plants will spread
horizontally along the ground as the years go by. If you plant them
to close together they will crowd each other out.
Since our plants are started from seed, it will be the following
spring before you will have a few spears to pick. As the plants get
older the spears will get thicker. It will be the third year before
you get any kind of real harvest. Only harvest about half the first
few years so the plant can produce energy to spread. No spears, no
Spears should be harvested by bending near the ground and snapping.
This is the best way to avoid damaging other spears not yet ready
Be sure to keep your Asparagus bed weed free and fertilized well. In
the fall, cut all ferns back to the ground and clean up fallen
debris. Apply a 2 to 3 inch layer of compost over the bed. This will
help to suppress weeds that germinate in the spring.