On Asparagus

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?

Years ago, I bought 10 roots of asparagus from T&T Seeds. Most survived and thrived. Two years ago I bought hundreds of seeds from West Coast Seeds. Their offspring will produce in a year or two.

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.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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