How To Grow Asparagus: The Delicious Vegetable That Grows Back Every Year

When growing Asparagus Officinalis, you will have to wait for a while, and put some care into it, but the benefits are simply countless.

You might even need 3 years to grow it completely, but you will have the plant for the next 30 years. Also, this plant looks wonderful and will make a great addition to your collection of plants.

It is recommended to grow asparagus at regions where the ground can freeze, or where you get dry seasons.

In regions where the climate is almost constantly warm, it will be hard to grow it, but you can manage it somehow.

You just need to get seeds and plant them in your garden, preferably in the season of February to May. You will need a constant temperature of 70 to 85 degrees and enough light so that it can grow properly.

Instructions (growing asparagus from seeds)

  • Take as many pots (size 3.5 inches) as you want and fill them with sterile soil
  • In every pot, add 3 seeds on top of the soil, and cover them with sand
  • Place the pots in pans full with water, and place the pans on a heated table
  • Make sure that the pots never get dry
  • Give a 3-months period to the seeds to grow, before transplanting them
  • In your garden, when transplanting, place the plants 18 inches apart, in rows 4 inches apart
  • After some time, cover the seeds with soil
  • Each week, apply at least 1 inch of water
  • After the summer, cut 2 inches of the plants
  • Do not harvest the plants for 3 years

Instructions (growing asparagus from crowns)

  • Prepare a bed for the asparagus with a pH neutral soil
  • Plant the crowns on the west or east side of your greenhouse
  • Make 12-inch deep holes
  • In every hole, put 1 cup organic fertilizer
  • At the bottom of the furrow, make 6-inch coned-shaped piles from the dirt
  • Make space of 18 inches in between every cone
  • Put a crown on every cone-shaped pile, with the roots hanging down
  • Sprinkle and cover the crowns with soil, and keep it moisturized
  • When the asparagus starts to grow, constantly add more soil and don’t stop until each furrow is filled
  • Don’t harvest the asparagus for two years in order to grow properly

Tips

  • Try to plant asparagus near tomatoes – they can protect the asparagus from beetles
  • After 3 years, harvest the asparagus for only four weeks
  • After 4 years, harvest the asparagus for only six to eight weeks
  • There are male and female asparagus, choose the male because it is able to produce more
  • In order to prevent weeds from growing, add mulch
  • You can dip the crowns in compost tea before you plant them
  • After your first harvest, give the asparagus some time to grow again, the color of the foliage should be yellow or brown
  • Use organic fertilizer (seaweed, kitchen leftovers or fish)

How to harvest and store asparagus

When the plant is ready to be harvested, crop the new spring shoots after they grow 8 inches. Take a knife and cut below the soil line, but don’t cut the spears when the plant starts to show foliage.

In order to avoid this, you can harvest every other day. It depends how old and strong your plant is, it will probably produce for around 2 to 8 weeks.

You can cook the harvested products immediately, or simply keep it in your refrigerator in a plastic bag.

If you want to keep it for longer periods of time, apply the spears in boiling water for only 5 minutes, dry them completely and keep them in plastic bags in your freezer.

Benefits of asparagus

This amazing vegetable is rich in essential nutrients such as vitamins B6, E, A, C, and K, together with potassium, fiber, thiamin and most importantly – folic acid.

This is why asparagus is usually recommended to be added to any diet because it can help you lose weight.

It has a low number of calories, and contains high amounts of fiber, which is exactly what your body needs when you are on a diet – it will keep full and you won’t have junk food cravings.

Also, with the help of asparagus, you can enhance the health of your urinary tract. This is because the asparagus contains an amino acid known as asparagine and it is a natural diuretic that can prevent a urinary tract infection.

With the help of asparagus, you can improve the strength of your immune system, and this is due to the vitamin E that is found in asparagus.

Asparagus can really improve your love and sex life because it is a natural aphrodisiac. This is because asparagus is packed with vitamin E, folate and vitamin B6, which are well-known nutrients that can improve your sex hormones.

Asparagus can also protect your bones and this is due to the richness of vitamin K found in asparagus.

It will also help your system absorb calcium more effectively, which is exactly what you need for strong bone health.

Last but not least, asparagus can improve your mood and behavior. It is rich in vitamin B and folate, but more importantly, it is packed with an amino acid (tryptophan) that will improve your mood.

Recipes

  • Asparagus and tomato

For this recipe, you will need:

  • 1 lb. of trimmed asparagus stalks
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 c. halved cherry tomatoes
  • Sea salt
  • 2 c. shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 c. balsamic vinegar
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • 1/4 c.  raw honey
  • Basil for garnish

To prepare this side dish, you will need to preheat your oven to about 425 degrees F. Mix the asparagus with the olive oil and salt and pepper. Take a baking sheet, add the mixture on one side and apply mozzarella.

On the other side of the baking seeds, add the tomatoes together with olive oil and salt and pepper. Bake it until you see that the cheese is melting and the asparagus is tender, it might take around 20 minutes.

The next step is to mix the honey and vinegar in a saucepan and wait 15 minutes to simmer. After the asparagus gets roasted, place it on a plate and add the balsamic glaze, the tomatoes and garnish it with basil.

  • Asparagus and orange salad

For this salad, you will need:

  • 1 large red onion rings
  • 1 lb. freshly blanched asparagus spears
  • 2 seedless peeled and sliced oranges
  • 2 torn heads of Boston lettuce
  • Oil and vinegar dressing
  • Fresh lemon juice

This is an easy recipe that can be made by anybody. Simply mix all ingredients, and vinegar, olive oil and lemon juice on top of it.

  • Summer Lemon Pasta

For this recipe, you will need:

  • 1 trimmed bunch asparagus,
  • 1 lb Gluten-free macaroni
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 minced cloves garlic
  • 1 c. dry white wine
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • ½ diced red onion
  • Sea salt
  • 2 lemons
  • 1/2 c. fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 c. freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

Simply start by cooking the pasta, and mix the olive oil with the asparagus. Grill the asparagus for four minutes in a medium heated pan. Flip the asparagus and grill it for two more minutes on the other side.

Slice it into pieces that are around 1 inch each. Mix the onion rings, garlic and butter, cook them until they get soft.

To this mixture, add the zest from one of the lemons, the white wine, pepper flakes, 1 tbsp of lemon juice and finally the salt and pepper. Let it simmer for around 5 minutes.

When everything is prepared, mix it thoroughly, and garnish the dish with lemon wedges, parsley, and cheese.