Asparagus officinalis is one of the few vegetables that I can reliably grow in my garden. It’s tough and rides out the winter wonderfully well. Its roots are aggressive and compete well enough with weeds. Especially, I love it because TLW loves it. She wants the whole garden growing it… Why not?
Today, I went out to inspect the garden/greenhouse for damage after an hour-long thunderstorm last night. There was no significant damage but the bright red berries on the asparagus plants spoke to me:
- I stripped the berries from the plants into a small container.
- I washed them and crushed them gently against a fine screen, about the mesh of mosquito netting.
- The juice and pulp were rinsed away in a stream of water.
- I flushed the seeds and hulls into a deep vessel of water and sunk a few “floaters” with bubbles attached.
- The hulls floated and I decanted them and drained the seeds.
- I’m drying the seeds in the stream of warm air emitted by a dehumidifier in the basement. They are looking good.
So, early next year, I will plant a few hundred seeds in good warm earth in trays and start a new generation of plants for the garden. Next June, I will dig a trench or three, place good soil in the bottom and plant the seedlings there. Each year thereafter I will add compost and soil to fill the trench. In a few years my garden will be very productive with minimal effort. It’s all good.