I have previously wondered about planting an asparagus bed. This is what I came up with:
1. I like asparagus.
2. It costs a lot to buy so would be a good crop to grow.
3. After establishing, it will produce for up to 20 years.
4. If I had planted some a few years ago when I first considered it I would have some now.
1. The crowns cost a lot to buy in the first place.
2. I bought some plants last year that were reduced, made the effort to dig a trench etc and they didn’t grow.
3. Not everyone in the family likes it.
4. Should I risk planting it again for it not to grow a second time?
5. It takes a few years to establish.
6. Growing from seed would take three years to produce a crop.
7. It will take up space and I won’t get anything from it for a least 2 years.
8. I need to commit an area of the garden to be an asparagus bed.
9. They are tricky to grow.
10. My hubby will say “I told you so” if I try again and they don’t grow.
After considering all of this I recently found some more reduced plants in the garden centre. They were 50 per cent off! I have mentioned before about my weakness for reduced plants…so I bought them. I spent a tiring afternoon trying to dig a trench 10 inches deep as the instructions said. The best I managed was about secen inches. I made a ridge, spread out the spider-like roots, sieved the soiled on top, filled in the trench and now I will cross my fingers and hope for them to grow.
At least next year I won’t still be considering the pros and cons; I will be admiring the spears and feeling confident about picking them the following year!