Monday, July 21, 2014

Garden Asparagus

Garden Asparagus
Asparagus officinalis
Asparagus is another garden plant that escapes to the wild and can persist for a long time.  I have a patch growing out back that was there when we bought the place twenty years ago and it's still going strong.  Once I tried to divide some plants out to give a friend and found watermelon-sized roots that practically took a backhoe to remove.  I'm guessing those plants will be there long after we're gone.

Asparagus has delicate little flowers that are barely noticeable in the spring
The fresh shoots are a real treat in the springtime. I just pluck them and eat them raw right in the garden!
The plants are large, about 4-5 feet tall, and feathery looking

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