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We planted our Asparagus patch the year after we moved here, so that was 2007. Since Asparagus grows in a perennial bed, we need to make sure that it stays weed free. We have the dreaded couchgrass here. It spreads by underground runners and it is brutal to get out of places we don’t want it.
I should have taken a picture of the asparagus bed before we weeded it out. It looked terrible – Graham and I spent a morning out there, pulling, yanking and swearing. We hate that couchgrass, terrible stuff.
Here’s what it looked like after weeding. And….yes, it just looks like a bunch of dirt. That’s the thing about Asparagus – it is hard to get good photos of the bed when the shoots are first popping up. They are so skinny and….it just doesn’t make for nice photos! Too much dirt, not enough vegetable!
In an ongoing effort to keep out the couchgrass, Graham put up wooden boards around the border of the bed. It has helped, although some of the runners just seemed to have dug further underground before springing up wildly all over the asparagus bed.
So this year, we are determined to spend the extra time and try to get rid of the grass. We are hoping it helps that we have laid out black plastic around and between the rows.
We already have the first spears poking through the soil. Hopefully, next week at this time, we will be sitting down to our first fresh feed. We’ll enjoy eating from the patch until mid-July or so.
After that, we’ll leave the spears to grow into fronds. This will help us get a larger harvest next year.
Spend the time before you plant your Asparagus bed to make it the very best you can. Make sure it is weed free and then keep it that way. An Asparagus bed can easily remain in the same place for twenty years.
Asparagus is one of the earliest vegetables you can eat in the Spring and it is delicious. Steam it very lightly (as in for maybe 2 minutes) then enjoy. It will be crunchy, firm and delicious!
Make some Pickled Asparagus for your pantry! These Asparagus Spears have a great zing to them – add one to your Caesar or Bloody Mary!