How to Grow Asparagus: Patience Pays Off

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If you’re planting asparagus in your spring garden this year, remember that you’ll have to wait three years for your first crop. Once planted, however, asparagus is the vegetable that keeps on giving – for 20 to 30 years, in fact.

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When the ground can be worked in the spring, add a balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10. Place the asparagus crowns at the bottom of the trench, spaced 9 to 12 inches apart, splaying out the roots. Cover with about 2 inches of soil. Over the summer, gradually fill in the trench as the asparagus grows.

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