Asparagus Season 2020

I mentioned in one of my recent posts that we had been working in the asparagus patch and it seems that we completed this work just in time for the season to begin. While walking through our asparagus patch on Monday I discovered the first two shoots poking up through the soil.

Last year our asparagus crop was a bust. It was April 23, 2019 when I posted on my blog that I had noticed the first shoots popping up. But the rainy cold spring that we had seemed to stunt our crop. I picked enough for two meals, but since we were seeing very few spears emerge we decided to let what did come up go to seed in hopes of producing stronger plants this year. It seemed like only about 20% of our plants were even producing through the month of May.

We didn’t really pay much attention to the patch for most of the summer but in early fall when I walked through it I realized that most ( 80-90%) of our plants had leafed out and gone to seed. We were quite surprised and truly grateful that so many plants had survived. Even though the amount of rainfall we had in the spring was record breaking we knew we needed to make some changes in the asparagus patch to try to prevent a repeat performance.

My husband started in the fall by removing the welded wire fence that enclosed the area, then after cutting the patch down he dug some trenches to allow for water run off. We monitored it through the winter since we had more rain than snow this year and the drainage trenches were working well.

We decided to just use plastic deer netting around the patch while the asparagus is in season to keep the deer from running through and nibbling on the spears. My husband pounded the metal posts in.

We also decided to burn off the dead plant debris and all of the weeds that had begun growing up. Hopefully this will have destroyed any asparagus beetle eggs that may have been left in the patch and eliminate them as a problem this year.

 

IMG_6470 (2)

Here is a photo of the patch after I burned it off.

IMG_6471 (2)

This is the flame thrower/torch that I used to burn of the weeds and debris.

My husband and I then worked together to put up the deer netting on Sunday. As I mentioned I saw the first two spears poking up from the ground and with over an inch of rain forecast over the next three days all we can do now is pray that we don’t see that repeat performance.

Have you been enjoying any outdoor activities?

 

29 thoughts on “Asparagus Season 2020

    1. I don’t think I have ever had prosciutto (and probably couldn’t even get it right now if I tried) but thanks for sharing the recipe. I hope you get to enjoy some soon. So far ours is looking good. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  1. Yum, asparagus is definitely a favorite. Steamed, grilled, baked, pickled. I even froze some last year and we enjoyed it long after the season was over. We never needed to cultivate a big patch at our Michigan house. It grew wild abundantly in all of our area ditch lines.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I am sure that 70-degree day on Monday helped the asparagus patch immensely – that warmth brought out all the Bradford Pear trees and the magnolia blossoms too. I wish it could have stayed sunny and nice – it’s been soggy today and you likely have the same weather. We are having a cold snap next week, maybe frost, so maybe you have to put a tarp over the netting to protect it? Here is what I read on MLive – hope they are wrong.
    https://www.mlive.com/weather/2020/04/at-least-two-more-frosts-or-freezes-coming-with-near-record-cold-in-michigan.html

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I didn’t properly appreciate the asparagus bed my dad had. “Had” was the operative word, because we had to eat everything put in front of us. I adore asparagus now and wish I could do a retake of those childhood dinners. I hope you have many meals this year featuring those wonderful spears.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Ruth I’d like to try growing asparagus. But I’ve never seen any seed packets before? My parents had a very old patch on their farm which would produce enough for one meal maybe…..but no one remembered when it was planted.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Asparagus is usually sold as crowns instead of seeds. In the first year they produce very thin spears that should not be harvested. The second years spears will be bigger but you should only harvest a few. Year 3 they will more mature and you should be able to harvest for 3-5 weeks. Beyond that you may be able to harvest for up to 8 weeks depending on the season. They say a healthy plant will produce for about 20 years.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Thanks Ruth! I hadn’t really checked into it, but didn’t remember ever seeing any at any of the nurseries, so wasn’t sure how it came. Probably a specialty item that has to be ordered. They say seeds/seedlings will be in short supply this year….

        Liked by 1 person

I would love to hear from you.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s