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Asparagus is a perennial vegetable, which means it will come back from year to year without replanting. When the bed is properly prepared asparagus can last for 20-30 years. Because of this nature it is important to make sure the bed is well prepared before first planting it in your garden and make sure it has a place that won’t be disturbed from year to year. Look to plant a hybrid like Jersey Giant for a higher initial yield and an heirloom variety such as Mary Washington (considered to be one of the best heirloom varieties for asparagus) for longevity. Make sure that the ground is loose, deep and fertile. Amending the soil with compost will help with fertility and adding sphagnum peat moss will help lighten heavier soils. Fertility is important because a less fertile soil could lead to more fibrous stalks. To shave a year off your wait for the tender spears plant your asparagus seeds indoors 10-12 weeks before the last frost date in seed trays. Germination takes a while so soak the seeds in water and use a seedling warmer to speed the process. Asparagus plants are male and female. If you don’t intend to keep seeds for future use it is a good idea to remove the female plants as soon as they are identified as they will put their energy into making seeds and not spears. Do not harvest first year of growth.

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Asparagus - Jersey Giant Hybrid
Price: $2.69-$80.50
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Mountain Valley Seed Co. Item #: TL-00386P -

Jersey Giant Hybrid Asparagus - Vegetable Garden Seed Asparagus Jersey Giant (Asparagus officinalis), is a superior all-male hybrid that consistently yields 2-3 times more spears than other varieties. It is also a hardy hybrid that is resistant to asparagus rust, fusarium and crown/root rot. It is actually considered to be the most winter hardy of all of the Jersey hybrids and is widely adapted to temperate and cooler climates. Harvest asparagus by cutting 7-9 spears with tight tips. Always...

Mary Washington Asparagus Seed
Price: $1.69-$22.50
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Mountain Valley Seed Co. Item #: TL-00413P -

Mary Washington Asparagus - Heirloom Vegetable Garden Seed Mary Washington Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis), is one of the easiest grown of all summer vegetables. Once it is established, the original planting will continue to produce fruit for 15-20 years. Mary Washington is fast growing, extremely hardy and is asparagus rust proof. Mary Washington Asparagus has average water needs, but be careful to not over water. Keep the soil well drained for best growing results. It can be planted in...