When space is at a premium in the garden, but you want to grow vegetables, it makes sense to grow things that taste better fresh from the garden and are expensive to buy in the shops.
Asparagus really fits the bill, what’s more it is easy to grow, tastes divine, even in small quantities and once established will grow for years and years.
Buy Unwins pre-packed asparagus crowns in spring and plant them immediately using our guide on How to Plant Asparagus.
Asparagus likes an open , sunny spot, and needs light, preferably sandy soil, although can be grown in any soil as long as it is free draining and reasonably fertile. Ideally in the autumn before planting, dig the bed and incorporate plenty of oganic matter, such as Gro-Sure Farmyard Manure.
Keep the plants well watered throughout growing season and hand weed to prevent damaging roots. Feed with Growmore fertiliser before spears emerge.
Remember do not cut spears in the first year but allow them to develop into ferny growth. In the second year it is possible to remove one or two spears but no more. In the third year harvesting spears can be harvested by cutting with a sharp knife once they reach 4-5 inches.
Asparagus is best used from fresh, but it can be stored for a couple of days in the fridge if stood in a jug of cold water.
Asparagus Pests & Diseases
Asparagus is usually pest and disease free. Slugs are likely to be the worst problem and will make holes in the spears. Try using Eraza Slug & Snail Killer to protect your plants as soon as the spears start emerging. Asparagus beetle can also be a nuisance.