Why does gardening require so much patience? I just planted asparagus and would love to harvest some fresh, tender spears. Alas, I will have to distract myself with other garden goodies until next spring when I can snip a few little spears. In the long term I will enjoy plenty of asparagus. It's just the initial waiting that is so difficult.
I thought I would share my asparagus planting technique. I picked a raised bed to become the permanent asparagus bed. It is 3' x 10' bed and formerly had a fall crop of broccoli mulched with leaves.
I dug two trenches in the bed that were about a foot deep and 8 inches wide:
I added some alpaca manure to the bottom of the trenches and then covered it with a thin layer of dirt. Then the asparagus crowns were placed in the trenches. I planted Jersey Knight, which was a recommended variety for my area based on information from Clemson's Extension. I placed the crowns 18 inches apart and staggered them between the two trenches:
I planted 13 crowns. I hope that will be enough to feed my asparagus cravings! I then covered the crowns with a few inches of dirt.
As the asparagus stems emerge I will fill in the trenches and then I will wait and wait and wait some more, dreaming about that first taste of a homegrown asparagus spear!