Video: Grow Asparagus
Asparagus is an early spring vitamin plant. Novice gardeners may ask: what kind of plant is this? My answer is simple: you all saw her branches in bouquets. They are used by florists for interesting flower arrangements - green twigs with small scaly leaves. People also call them "herringbone".
In the second half of summer, fruits form on the branches - at first they are green, then they turn red, adding beauty and originality to the plant. They grow in gardens usually in bushes - from a distance they resemble a green cloud.
So it is the young stems of this plant that are called asparagus. Usually, young seedlings are eaten, only crawled out of the soil or still in it, bleached, 1-1.5 cm thick and up to 20 cm long.
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Asparagus (asparagus) bushes have been growing in one place for many years, for example, in our garden there are two bushes, which are about twenty years old. In the spring they grow many shoots. I cut out some of them as soon as they reach a height of 10, but no more than 15 cm. I cook asparagus in the same way as cauliflower. Boil and lightly fry, sprinkle with breadcrumbs. I leave 3-4 shoots on the bushes, and then after a while the plant expels new shoots. And I once again harvest for the second harvest of young shoots, you can do this until the end of June. From the shoots left behind, a powerful bush of "Christmas trees" grows, for which later grandmothers-neighbors come for bouquets by September 1.
After cutting off young shoots under the asparagus bushes, I must add compost or humus. In the summer I weed around the bushes, although there are few weeds under the huge plants.
If you make more effort and sprinkle the asparagus plantings with loose earth or compost from autumn, as is done in specialized farms, then you can then cut off not green, but bleached asparagus sprouts. They are more gentle. By the way, there are also special white asparagus varieties that are widespread, for example, in Germany. True, scientists say that green asparagus contains more nutrients.
Luiza Klimtseva, experienced gardener