Last year I sowed some asparagus seeds and planted out the seedlings a bit late in the season in the new bed near the house.
Growing Asparagus from seed is a tricky business as you never know if the plant will be a female or male plant. As Bridget mentioned before in Asparagus at the Villas males produce better spears than female. But growing from seed is a lot cheaper so I was willing to give it a go.
Fall came and the little feathery leaves died back, weeds took over and covered the bed. I was sure the plants did not survive the fluctuating winter weather we had this year. Ready to clear the bed of weeds and grow something new I started to clean it vigorously.
Suddenly my eye caught sight of a tiny asparagus and I went down on my knees, carefully clearing away the weeds around it. I planted in rows so I checked the rest of the bed and found more than 15 tiny plants some with more than 5 little spears. I immediately contacted Bridget as she is my go-to woman when it comes to Asparagus and she advised me to leave the spears this year, than tentatively harvest a few next so I can enjoy a full harvest in year 3.
These asparagus will stay in the same bed for the next 20 years or so, thus a little patience is not too much to ask. I think I am going to sow a few more now!