Gardening (and living) between the stumps. Anything is possible.

Asparagus Trees

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There’s nothing like the first harvest meal from your own garden. In my case, it’s asparagus. Lightly steamed on the stovetop with a little butter and water, it’s heavenly.

Asparagus is one of those plants that can be easy to forget about. After all, after you’ve harvested the new shoots in the spring, you just let it grow and it takes care of itself, right? Well, sort of. It still needs care. Specifically, it needs nutrition, and a thick layer of good organic compost is one of the best ways to provide that.

The best time to apply compost, or any top dressing, to the asparagus bed is at that point when you’ve decided the harvest is over. Around here, that’s around the first of July. By then , all of the shoots have been cut back to the soil level, so it’s easy to spread a layer of compost, an inch or two thick, over the entire garden bed. Then you can stand back and let it grow.

My asparagus patch is the part of the garden most commented on by visiting friends, especially later in the summer. “What’s that plant? The one that looks like trees?” Why, it’s asparagus, all grown up!

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