Growing asparagus requires some attention early on, but once the plants are established they'll be productive for years.
Plant once, harvest for years: growing asparagus in a well-maintained bed can provide you with sweet, slender veggies for up to 15 years. In addition, its vibrant, ferny foliage makes an excellent ornamental. Shown here, from left to right, are ‘Jersey Giant,’ ‘Purple Passion’ and fronds of a mature asparagus plant.
ILLUSTRATION: KEITH WARD
Asparagus is an excellent source of folacin, a B vitamin that helps keep the circulatory system strong, and it’s a good source of potassium and vitamin C.
Asparagus beetles overwinter in plant debris, so removing fronds in winter will reduce their numbers.