Asparagus is a perennial plant, that once established can provide a harvest for 15 years or more. Crowns thrive in nutritious, but light, sandy soils. Asparagus varieties differ in harvest time, with some varieties ready for picking in early April, and others available in June and early July.
My experience is that asparagus is not the easiest crop to grow. The crowns need two years to become established, with only light picking recommended in this period. Once a bed is mature, weeding remains as the biggest challenge. Asparagus plants grow tall but provide little leaf cover to the soil, giving the opportunity for weeds to germinate at their base.
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