Monday, April 28, 2014

Asparagus Season

One of the really neat things about our place is this fully mature asparagus bed in the side yard. I'm glad the last owner told me what it was because I would have been clueless.

I love asparagus.

This spring has been a real learning experience because I had no idea what to do or how to care for it or anything.  Luckily it seems to be pretty fool proof since it is an established bed.

I did some reading in books and on the internet. Looks like I have a good amount of new roots spreading so I have stuff that I was cutting at first that really should have been left alone to grow this year. They are very small stalks. I caught on after a few weeks and now leave those to grow so they will be bigger next year.

For 4 weeks now I have been cutting asparagus daily. Its awesome. But I am getting a little tired of eating it so I am now trying other things.

recipe for canning spicy pickled asparagus!
This is a Pinterest pin for Spicy pickled asparagus which can be found here.

I made a jar but I have not tried them yet. Like I said...I'm a little tired....
Mine do not look anywhere near as pretty. My stalks are much thinner than the ones on Pinterest. I will have to let you know how they taste when I try them.

Right now sitting on the counter are:
3 glasses. I read somewhere to put them in a glass with some water in the bottom and cover with a plastic bag for humidity and they will store in the refrigerator for 4 days. I was losing them in a day before I found this information. This set I am going to freeze - instructions compliments of Pinterest of course.

I have two bare spots in the bed so I am thinking of getting two new root sets to plant in them. I know you cant eat them the first year (like my little sprouts) but I have plenty I can eat. I'm not sure how long the plants produce for (as in years) so I think it might be a good idea to add more.  Anyone know?

Unfortunately the artichoke plants did not survive the winter so no new learning on that front. Not sure if I will buy more plants or not. Not this year anyways.

So do you have a favorite asparagus recipe? I could use some new ones. Please share!

1 comment:

  1. Thankfully, to even out the pain of waiting for a good harvest, the asparagus will continue to come back every year for anywhere from 10 to 15 years. They're incredibly hardy! It's the last plant I've been able to plant and get a good harvest on, because I'm never anywhere long enough to wait the two to three years that it takes to get a good harvest.