|image and asparagus crowns from here|
Fresh green stalks popping up every year heralding the end of winter and putting a big spring in my step. Yummy asparagus cooked with a fresh goog from the girls and a shaving of parmesan, asparagus enclosed in rice noodles in the middle of a rice paper roll, or in a stir fry, or with pasta... oh I'd be doing a load of yummy things with asparagus and surely eventually even convince the monkeys to eat some too. Oh yeah, if I grew asparagus I'd think myself the bees knees. A true blue gardener.
What put me off was the thought that asparagus needs a fair bit of room and a permanent spot. And I didn't think I had that. Until I started my grass-ridding campaign. Bit by bit I've been digging up the grass and putting in little brick paths and planting in veggies and flowers and herbs wherever I see a bit of space. And I've been seeing little growing spots all over the place.
See here between the path and sleepers of my onion patch I've planted a whole bunch of parsley seedlings.
And here is a bit of my new asparagus patch.
Yep. I know. It sure doesn't look much now. But time flies quickly. In fact only yesterday I was lamenting how quickly time flies when I discovered my first grey hair poking it's frizzy, shimmery self out of my head. So it won't be long before I have asparagus. And start to dye my hair.
This spot previously housed a couple of miserable passionfruit vines which did absolutely nothing for three years. One flower in all that time. I decided to give up and ripped the lot out. Then I did a big dig out of the patch. That's what my asparagus youtubing revealed. Prepare the ground well 'cos with any luck asparagus will be growing there for 20 years. And while I was digging I unearthed part of a brick path! It did occur to me that might have been why my passionfruit and all the other veggies I'd attempted here never did too well. Next, I dug through some pelletised chook poo. And then I did something that was a complete novelty for me. I dug two trenches. Straight, orderly furrows for planting in. This really flew in the face of my veggie growing philosophy which is to chuck things in wherever I feel and never in orderly rows. But rows I did make. Thank goodness for the invention of youtube 'cos I really wouldn't have known what to do with those funny looking asparagus crowns. But apparently you spread the roots like octopus, cover them over and wait for them to grow. Then you cover them a bit more. And more as they grow until your patch is even. And then I'll do a layer of mulch and go back to the internet to get my head around what to do next.
So, fingers crossed for asparagus. And to all you successful, true-blue, bees-knees asparagus growers any tips that aren't too complicated to help me along the way will be most welcome.