Asparagus 101 - It's Easy!

Updated: Mar 2

Asparagus is a perennial that yield a delicious and easy crop that can last for many years.

We will show you that these little spears are not as intimidating as they may seem.

Asparagus FAQ's

Asparagus thrives in the Pacific Northwest's cool climate. The young stems will emerge as the soil temperature rises in the springtime, however try not to eat it quite yet.

Asparagus is definitely the plant for the patient gardener. It can take 2-3 years to produce its first crop, but once established, it can produce a harvest for decades. They produce delicious shoots, with new spears crowing every few days for a week in spring.

Each individual plant can produce about a half pound of crop a year, so plan on planting about 5-10 plants per row, depending on how much you would like to produce.

Time to Plant!

Plant your crowns in the early spring, with fertile, well drained soil. When choosing a site to plant, remember that this is a well-established harvestable that will remain long-term, and thus should be in a location that can be long-lasting and comfortable for it to thrive. Make sure to weed your planting site, dig it over and work in a 2-4 inch later of compost or soil mix. The soil should be loose for about 12- 15 inches down to allow asparagus to root properly and not be disturbed. Asparagus do not like having their feet wet. If you do not have a site with good drainage, we suggest growing in a raised bed.

Let's Dig a Trench!

Asparugus need to be planted in trenches as the roots will be spreading horizontally and vertically.

1. Dig a drench about 12 to 18 inches wide and 6 to 8 inches deep. When growing multiple crowns, space your trenches at least 3 feet apart.

2. Make a ridge of soil in the center of the trench and place the crowns on top of the mound, spreading their roots evenly. Your crowns should be 12 to 18" apart within the trench.