Living healthy with this superfood
Living healthy should always be our goal because as we take care of our bodies we will reap the rewards of good health and longevity. Adding superfoods to our diet can promote good health but to often these superfoods are rejected for that which is pleasing to our taste buds which can cause much harm.
What better way to give our bodies what it needs by growing these superfoods in our home garden. Asparagus is a superfood that is worth taking a closer look at.
Asparagus is a perennial veggie which can grow year after year in your home garden this is an added benefit which can give you an endless supply of this superfood.
How to plant
- Asparagus can be planted in early spring. Choose a location that gets about 6-8 hours of sunlight. Prepare the planting area by removing weeds. Adding compost or manure will give your garden soil a boost
- Dig trenches 6 inches wide and 8-12 inches deep
- Create a mound in the trench and plant the crown 16-20 inches apart
- The roots should be spread over the ridge
- Cover the crowns and roots with the soil about 2-3 inches deep
- Give the plant a good soaking
Insect pest of asparagus
- Asparagus beetles
Treatment of pest includes using an insecticidal soap for beetles, handpicking slugs, diatomaceous earth is effective against cutworms. A word of caution here when using chemicals read and follow label because the label is the law.
Disease of asparagus
- Crown Rot
To treat these problems ensure your plants are getting proper air circulation, tin leaves where possible, Cut back on watering because overwatering encourages plant disease. Using a fungicide as neem oil will give good results.
Care of plant
Mulch bed, used an organic fertilizer also remove dead and diseased leaves.
- For the first year don’t harvest, allow asparagus to become well established
- The second-year harvest lightly
- In the third year, you will have a good crop
- After harvest time allow asparagus to go through its cycle of growing
- Continue to care for veggies until the following year.
An effective way used by many homeowners
- Is to create a raised bed about 12-15 inches tall
- Use and organic soil
- Dig furrows 12 inches in the raised bed. Plants should be installed 16-18 inches apart
- Lose soil should be mounted in piles between 4-8 inches tall at the bottom of the furrow, leaving 16-18 inches between each mound
- Place asparagus crown on top of dirt pile in the furrow
- The roots of the asparagus should be positioned where they are over the dirt pile
- Cover the crowns with 1 inch of soil by adding soil to the furrows
- Keep plants well water but don’t overwater because asparagus hate wet feet
- As asparagus continue to grow add soil to the furrows, furrows should be filled to the soil level in the raised bed
- Wait for 2 years before harvesting the spears for a better crop yield
- Harvest spears when they reach 6-8 inches tall
- Preparing your asparagus for winter include cutting plants back. Wait until the leaves turn yellow and brown
- Leave 2 inches of asparagus above soil level
- Add about 3-4 inches of mulch around the base of the plant to protect against winter damage and as the weather warms up the mulch will break down adding nutrients to the soil
The final word
Asparagus is a veggie that requires patience but it is worth the work and the wait. Giving these veggies a try is a good choice to add to your garden so follow these steps for success and yield a good harvest as you have an endless supply of this superfood grown from your home garden.