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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For a long-lasting crop, don’t cut any spears for the first three years. Let the plants grow up into ferny hedges, then cut down the hedge after a hard freeze in fall. Each spring, the asparagus will grow back more plentiful and with thicker spears. When harvest time finally arrives, harvest spears pencil width or larger by snapping them at ground level or cutting with a knife slightly below the soil surface.

See more: Tennessee Home & Farm’s Guide to Spring

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