Asparagus all summer

IMG_0442.jpgPopular wisdom has it that you should cut your asparagus spears when they come up in spring, and then lets the plants go to fern to replenish their strength. This makes sense, but what does it get you in mid-summer? A bunch of ferns and no spears to eat, that’s what. So try this instead. Cut some spears to enjoy for spring dining, but let the rest go to fern. Then in June or July or August, cut down the ferns you let go, and eat the resulting spears that arise. The plants will do fine. Asparagus all summer. Yes!

About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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