Wednesday, October 27, 2010
It's been a while since I've paid any attention to my asparagus plants. I had planted one year-old crowns earlier this year. The plants are about waist-high at this point and are producing these rather interesting looking berries that are more reminiscent of Christmas than Halloween. Pretty soon I'll have to add a nice layer of mulch for addition protection during the winter months.
I'm looking forward to harvesting my first spears next spring. According to a fact sheet put out by Ohio State University:
The year after planting, asparagus can be harvested several times throughout a three-week period, depending on air temperatures. Research shows there is no need to wait two years after planting before harvesting. In fact, harvesting the year after planting will stimulate more bud production on the crown and provide greater yields in future years, as compared with waiting two years before harvesting.
Sounds good to me! I consider myself a reasonably patient person but having to wait two years to harvest anything would have pushed my tolerance to the limit.