…I recently watched a video about growing asparagus and just how easy it is to grow. All of this time, I have thought it was one of those crops that involved special care and time. The reason why I thought that way before, is because I evidently read some crap on the web a few years back, that most likely spawned from a few idiots that were just typing poppycock in hopes they would make a few bucks via their advert networks. Anyway, in a moment, I’ll provide a video that explains in a simple fashion, just how easy it is to grow.
I already knew that asparagus has the ability to grow year after year without the worry of having to replant, but I’ve heard some folks act like some years you couldn’t get any yield and would have to let the plants “strengthen.” Going by this video, the yield picks up the second year and thrives, under normal circumstances, for many more years to come. Of course, you need to take care of the soil and make sure it is fertile enough, has enough nitrogen, etc.
Another well known fact about asparagus that isn’t included in this particular video, is the various health benefits a person can get by eating it. There are medicinal properties as well, but instead of me turning this “how to grow” post into a “health benefits of” article, I’ll just drop down a Wiki link, so you can get started: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asparagus
Random Tidbit: “Asparagus is a useful companion plant for tomatoes. The tomato plant repels the asparagus beetle, as do several other common companion plants of tomatoes. Meanwhile, asparagus may repel some harmful root nematodes that affect tomato plants.”
You can always search the web for more info, but try to only read from reliable sources. When it comes to cooking this stuff, I’ve seen people steam it, bake it, grill it, use it in stir-fry, and even eat it raw. Hell, even the store-bought asparagus out of a can taste great to me! I especially like eating asparagus when I’m in a meat mood, lets say steak, and all I mainly want is to eat the meat but need something else to add to my plate for balance. This is a healthy choice for a 2-course meal because it is power-packed with nutrients, and this is what I mean by balancing out a meal that lacks variety.
Oh, when I do eat asparagus out of a can, all I do is put it on a plate, drizzle it with a little canola oil and sprinkle some seasoned salt and black pepper on it, throw in the microwave for about 45 seconds, and presto!
Now, lets get back to growing asparagus and the video I’m about to provide, to show how easy this is. Anyway, in a thumbnail, the guy just dug a few trenches about 8 inches deep, dropped in some 2-year-old asparagus crowns, keeping them about 8 inches apart, covered them back up with dirt, and his crop took off within weeks. Okay, at any rate, that’s enough rambling from me. Check out the video, below:
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