The fleshy green spears of Mary Washington asparagus are both succulent and tender and have been considered a delicacy since ancient times.This highly prized vegetable arrives with the coming of spring, when its shoots break through the soil and reach their 6-8 inch harvest length.
Asparagus will grow in acid, alkaline, sandy, clay or any type of black soil. If potting, use any type of potting soil.
HOW TO PLANT: Dig a trench 8″ deep. Root should be laid flat in bottom of trench with crown or top of root in middle with tentacles spread evenly in each direction. Only put 5″ of soil on top at time of planting. As plant grows more soil should be added. Space plants in trench so tentacles touch, approximately 12″ to 18″ apart.
WHERE TO PLANT: Two years after planting, asparagus fern will reach 5 to 6 feet high after 3 or 4 six inch spears have been picked in spring. Plant next to a fence or in front of a living hedge or next to a storage building wall.