Growing white asparagus in the garden – planting and care tips

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Asparagus is a popular and delicious vegetable that was already known as an aphrodisiac in ancient Egypt. Today people know about 100 types of asparagus. Asparagus is a perennial perennial in the lily family. Its thick-fleshed roots stay in the ground all year round and the aboveground plants die in autumn. The plants can reach a height of up to 2 meters. The vegetables are only available on the market for a few weeks in spring, which is why more and more hobby gardeners want them themselves Grow asparagus. To do this, you need to ask the grower or specialist retailer about a variety of green asparagus.

Growing white asparagus in the garden – planting and care tips

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Asparagus needs a sunny location with a light sandy soil, for example tertiary sand, as it warms up slightly under the sun’s rays. Asparagus is a perennial that can grow for about 20 years, so it needs extensive field preparation (can take about 2 years). The bed must be enriched with humus and nutrients and the soil must be loosened, as these plants cannot tolerate waterlogging. It needs a width of 40 cm and a depth of 30 cm. The distance between the rows must be about 150 to 180 cm.

In March or April, the annual young plants are planted by hand in the prepared soil with a distance of approx. 40 cm between the individual plants.

Growing white and green asparagus in the garden

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Every year in spring sprouts form from the buds of the perennial rootstock. The harvesting of white asparagus is entirely manual work, while machines can be used for green asparagus. With a length of around 20 cm, the asparagus are ready to be “pricked” or harvested. It should be borne in mind that the asparagus grow white from the ground and first turn slightly purple and later green when exposed to sunlight. To keep them white, the bed is covered with black asparagus sheeting when the plants pierce the soil. Harvesting can begin after about 10 days.

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Asparagus is traditionally served with hollandaise sauce, fried potatoes, roasted onions and bacon. Green asparagus tastes a bit firmer and is also suitable for all white asparagus dishes.

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