One of the few perennial vegetable crops!
Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade
Maturity: 1-3 years from crowns
Height: 5 to 8 feet
Spacing: 12 to 24 inches apart, 2 to 3 feet between rows
Home gardeners are growing asparagus everywhere in the United States except where conditions are too mild — Florida and the Gulf Coast — to satisfy its dormancy requirements. The perennial plant does well in backyard beds and thrives in raised bed gardens.
Tender shoots are picked as young spears early in the spring. Later in the season the foliage matures into a delicate fern which changes to a golden color in the fall. Plants can be productive for 15 years or more and delicious spears are packed with vitamin C, B-vitamins, iron, potassium and calcium. (more…)