Sunday, 13 March 2011

Asparagus Tips

It's been a rotten weekend for working on the allotment. Snow on Saturday pretty horrible today. But it brightened up enough today for me to plant out the asparagus I bought (on impulse) last weekend.  Here's what it's all about:

To start with you need good drainage:

Then you need plenty of fertility:

These may have been the inspiration for the Alien movies.

Time to tuck them up for bed.

Phase one complete:


  1. Oh Mal..they are kinda creepy how they look and so I am pleased you posted a photo of them...

    You don't have to plant them as deep where you live I don't think, as we do here...

    If they go dormant (go golden or brownish) earlier in the fall than you think they should....that's normal. The following year, they will last longer and the ferns will be greener longer. I was alarmed by this you see..the first year mine were in, so just wanted to share that bit.

    Can't wait to see a photo of the new fronds in the coming months.

  2. Lovely! I planted my seed-grown last spring, i can't wait to see if they come up this spring and hope to watch them grow this summer :o)

  3. Never really grown asparagus for eating but we have some I grew from berries to produce fern to go with cut flowers!

  4. Euwww, they are not pretty just yet, are they?! Asparagus is one of my favourite "treats" (it's usually quite expensive to buy here) and I have never had it fresh out of the garden. I'll bet it's quite spectacular.


  5. when your post said 'asparagus tips', I thought I was going to see some shoots coming I am still waiting to see if mine are dead or alive before I purchase more!!

  6. Never grown asparagus - looks interesting - will have to try it!

  7. We are in the 3rd year for our asparagus.. just posted a pic of our shoots.