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Good enough to eat – asparagus

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

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Your tasty asparagus spears harvested from April to June may seem many moons away now, but if you want a better crop for next year, it's time to tidy up the bed and it should only take a few minutes.

The asparagus ferns turn yellow as they die down and need to be cut off at ground level to make space for next year's crop.

Also remove weeds from the bed as asparagus does not like competition and mulch the soil generously with well-rotted organic matter.

Anyone growing asparagus will understand how much space it needs. It's a shallow-rooted perennial crop which doesn't like disturbance and occupies the ground full-time, and it takes a couple of years to settle in.

But despite the fact that you can't pick much for the first three years, once established it won't often let you down.

If you do get thin spears, it's generally down to weak plants that have been harvested too early, cut too heavily in previous years or not fed sufficiently.

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