Growing asparagus needs dedication and a committee to go through the process and achieve the purpose.
I know this because even if you use the best fertilizer and soil compost to give it good care, asparagus takes a couple of years to tread or hit its stride.
Notwithstanding, growing asparagus is something you will love to do when you know the benefits.
In this article, I will be explaining in detail what growing asparagus looks like. Being a perennial plant, asparagus needs a constant and permanent space in your environment where no other plant will be a competitor.
It does not encourage competition with space, light, and water, so it can grow properly.
They do not require associated plants and dislike competition with grasses, pests, and weeds more than other crop varieties.
If you decide to grow asparagus in an elevated raised bed, you will be able to eliminate all the crouching, preparation of the soil, fortification, or enclosing a ridge, kneeling, and weeding that are traditionally associated with growing asparagus based on traditional requirements.
A raised bed aids in soil warmth, especially during spring, so that your asparagus will be quick to come up.
When Can I Get Asparagus Plants?
Asparagus plants are scarce and are only accessible and obtainable once a year in early spring. In essence, it means you have a limited time to order them and bring them to the house. Many notable online suppliers sell more asparagus in the early spring.
It is advisable to start work by getting a list or catalogue online or offline of where you can get this unique plant in winter and placing your orders on time to avoid disappointment.
Ordered asparagus gets transported based on your last frost period, so ensure you select the exact delivery at the right period.
When you purchase an asparagus plant, you get it at the time you requested. The plant and modern cross bed are much easier to nurture than an heirloom.
Their looks are irritating and weird, possessing the structure of a spider. Sometimes, you will think they are living spiders, but the amazing part is that once you plant them on the ground, they spring up so quickly.
Can I Start Asparagus from Seed?
Starting asparagus from seed is a probability. But it is easier to find the crowns of asparagus.
The hybrid varieties have less work to plant and they produce twice as many spears since they are nurtured to be mainly male. In essence, it means the asparagus does not waste time in producing the seed.
With flourishing hybrids like Jersey Giant, Jersey Knight, and Jersey Supreme, you will only need 25–30 plants to achieve your plant captivation purpose.
How Can I Plant Asparagus in a Raised Bed?
Once asparagus becomes successful for a long period of time and is widely known for growing and flourishing successfully, it should not be moved or transplanted again.
So you should find a permanent place in the garden for the plant to grow because asparagus grows up to 5–6 feet tall in just a single season.
It’s necessary to plant them where they will grow conveniently at an early stage to avoid transplanting them when they start growing.
Once you have workable soil, your asparagus seeds can be planted as soon as possible, especially when your last frost date has gone by.
If the asparagus plant looks brittle, it is advisable to soak all the asparagus in water to restore fluid before planting them.
It is risky to abandon the asparagus crown in the water for too long because it encourages rot.
What is soil preparation in asparagus plants?
Select a planting site in the northern or western part of your garden so that matured asparagus plants won’t compete with your vegetables in summer.
Begin by draining the soil 8 inches below the brink of your bed. This means the raised bed must be 12 inches elevated from the ground to give space to grow.
I recommend setting up a bed 24 inches above the ground to make it easy to harvest. Make sure you clear the weed area and complement the soil with 3 inches of well-aged soil composition.
Once your asparagus plant is grown in the right environment and given proper maintenance, your asparagus plant will live a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 20–30 years.
If you have been encountering problems with pests, diseases, and weeds during the season of growth, it is advisable to remove the old foliage.
I believe I have been able to teach you how to grow asparagus on a raised bed.