Seriously excited that spring has finally arrived in Seattle. Some crops have overwintered in the garden; kale, spinach, lettuce, carrots. That’s great and all, but it is asparagus that tells me it is Spring – at last.
In 2009, the first spring at our new house, I planted something like 15 asparagus crowns. I was so excited to get started on this investment that I planted them as early as I could: March. And I planted them deep. If 4″ is good, 6″ is better – right? And then it rained. And rained. As it will in Seattle in Spring.
Two years later I was down to one viable plant instead of the platefuls of steamed asparagi I had anticipated. Disappointed, but undaunted, I replanted. Lazily towards the end of April, I dug in the crowns, made a concerted effort to dig out competing roots from grasses and trees, and then waited to see what happened. The crowns all produced. By summer I had strong 4′ fronds, but I was still holding my breath.
This spring up come 16 shoots. They look good enough to eat. But I won’t do it. If they survive until next year I might nibble on a few. But I’ll be a good girl and give them their 3 years of establishment. I’m in this for the long haul.