Edible garden: Asparagus

By Meg Liptrot

How to grow it:

Now is the time to get asparagus crowns planted as they're available for only a select period in July in garden centres. Photo / Supplied
Now is the time to get asparagus crowns planted as they're available for only a select period in July in garden centres. Photo / Supplied


Now is the time to get asparagus crowns planted. The crowns look a little more like leggy, white starfish and they're available for only a select period in July in garden centres.

Asparagus beds should be a long-term proposition.

Preparation is key - these plants prefer sandy soil, well manured, with a little seaweed.

In the first year, don't harvest any asparagus spears. The following year harvest 30-50 per cent and thereafter 80 per cent, allowing the remaining shoots to grow their fern-like leaves to maturity.

How to cook it:

These spears are best lightly steamed so they're still crunchy. They're lovely eaten like a delicacy dipped into a buttery hollandaise sauce.

- NZ Herald

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