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Asparagus is the very first crop available in the Spring, usually starting in March in the South, April in the North
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Asparagus is one of the first crops to harvest in the early Spring. Asparagus is usually green, but there is a white (blanched) version that has been kept covered until harvested, so no light reaches it, and even a purple version.
Pick your own asparagus is pretty rare in the U.S., much more
common in the U.K. and Europe. U-Pick white asparagus is REALLY hard
to find in the U.S.
Eckerts in Belleville, Illinois, has it.
To pick asparagus, just look for asparagus spears are about 6 to 10 inches above the soil line, are firm, with tightly closed tips.
Then just cut at the base (ground level) or snap each spear; they usually snap off cleanly at the ground level.
The Old farmer's Almanac has a good page about how to grow your own asparagus, white or green. I've been growing it for years. It's probably the easiest thing you can grow. And after you harvest in the spring, you let it grow, and it produces 5 ft tall fern-like leaves that make a nice background hedge at the back of the garden. So don't plant it where it will block the sun from other parts of the garden. The leaves suck up energy from the sun and store it in the roots to produce next Spring's crop.
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