Ok...I admit it...I am a gardening nerd. My friend teased me that I was having a nerdgasm when I noticed a new crop had sprouted and actually started growing in my garden. I have never had this in my garden...so to say I am/was excited is an understatement.
If you have seen the movie The Ugly Truth with Katherine Heigl then you will have an idea of the goofy dance and squeel that I did!
I had an MMA fan girl moment today as well where my favorite fighter responded to a comment of mine and liked my comment...my hubby said he is surprised I didn't swoon...what can I say, we all have our hobbies and likes, right? ;)
Anyways, I wanted to share my excitement with the world. This year I got 2 year old asparagus crowns as part of a bulk buy....yes...I even buy my plants in bulk... I got them for $0.25/crown! So anyways, I took my big barrels (the ones formerly used for tomato plants and one that I had used for peppers in the past) and planted all of my crowns in them. All told I have 3 huge barrels full of asparagus coming my way every year for the next 15-20 years! So exciting! Here's the best part....you can fit 6 crowns in 1 square foot of space! They just need a minimum of 12" depth and they are happy as clams. You add in that each crown can produce up to half a pound of asparagus and I am going to save a ton by not having to buy it at the farmers market!
I will say this...don't try this from a seed if you have the option to get crowns as they do not produce for 3 years...that is a long time for a maybe in a home garden...fork out the extra for the crowns. It is completely worth it! Also, they absolutely love the soil mix that I have recommended in my Gardening for Dummies post so if you haven't seen it, go check that post out!
|Beautiful little asparagus spear in my planter....it makes me happy!|
|This is in a second planter, I found more in the 3rd planter but didn't take pictures.|
|This is another spear peaking it's head out of the earth. I actually had to water today because it has been so dry and beautiful!|