Asparagus is a long term crop. Expect 15 year + harvests from a well prepared asparagus bed. Nothing tastes like home grown asparagus and a productive bed is a real investment. Work on 10 plants per asparagus eater in your home.
Start by planting your seed in seedling trays in spring / summer. Transplant into nursery beds for the first winter or two. They can be grown in-situ for the first 2-3 years, but must be transplanted before the start of year 4. Once your plants are ready for transplant, dig a trench to at least spade depth, and fill with well matured compost. Spread a spade-full of calcitic lime per running meter and fill to ground level.
Lift the asparagus crowns in June / July and separate them into individual plants. Using a spade, wedge open the bed and insert the crown with the roots in a fan shape. Space plants 30 cm apart in full sun. Water well and fertilise with an organic fertiliser every Aug / Sept.
In the first year of transplant do not harvest any spears, in the second year after transplanting, harvest for 2 weeks. In year four after transplanting harvest for 4 weeks and from then on you can harvest for 6 weeks maximum. Well-fed plants will product the best, use a top dressing of compost every autumn and only cut top growth once the winter frosts have killed them off.
Mary Washington Asparagus
Every year, asparagus will be the first spring harvest out of your garden. An asparagus planting is an investment, as much as it is a pleasure. Mary Washington is one of the old standard asparagus varieties and is a consistent performer year after year. It is a well-known variety that has a host of admirers and dedicated growers.
Approx 25 seeds
Mary Washington Asparagus Vegetable Seeds
- Product Code: LS256
- Availability: In Stock
- Ex Tax: R24.00