Asparagus

10 per pack

R100.00

Beloved for its delicious young shoots, asparagus is one of the first crops of spring harvest. Growing asparagus is a boon to your health too, as this perennial vegetable is rich in B vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, and iron. And it just so happens that fresh-picked spears are far more tender and tasty than store-bought asparagus.

 

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Availability: Available from early February to late May
Deliveries: Delivery from early June to end August
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May/June
Deliveries from mid August to end of October
Later winter to early spring
Full sun to partial afternoon shade
Plant reaches between 1.2 and 1.5 metres
Spacing: Single Plants: 30cm each way (minimum) Rows: 30cm with 30cm row gap (minimum)
Planting depth: 15-30cm deep

Crop Rotation Group

Miscellaneous

Soil

Fertile, well drained, and free of persistent weeds.

Frost tolerant

Long-lived hardy perennial. Beds can produce for decades.

Feeding

Mulch with 5cm of rich compost or rotted manure every winter.

Companions

Tomato, Petunia, Parsley, Basil and Calendula.

Sow and Plant

Transplant seedlings in late winter or early spring. A few varieties can be grown from seed.
Water regularly during growth.

Notes

After the stems die back in early winter, cut them off at ground level and compost them. Remove weeds, apply compost and mulch, and your yearly maintenance is done.

Harvesting

Begin gathering spears the 2nd year after transplanting, cutting all spears that appear for a month in early spring. In subsequent years, harvest for 6 weeks each spring.

Troubleshooting

Cutting new shoots just below the surface often helps control problems with asparagus beetles, which lay their eggs on tender shoots near the soil line.

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