There has been lots happening down at the allotment recently. I haven’t blogged about it because I was hoping to do a ‘big reveal’, but whilst we were down there last week we found treasure! Green gold!
It’s all very exciting. When I was weeding between the raspberries I noticed a spear of what look like asparagus. On closer inspection there were several other spears of possible asparagus. I harvested it and put it in my bag to take home. After lots of Googling and a few messages to my mum (my go-to gardening expert) later to check that I was not going to poison the family we were enjoying fresh asparagus for our dinner. The kids announced that it is the best vegetable they’ve ever eaten and I have to admit it was pretty darn good.
Since then I have been back down to the plot and managed to harvest another handful of the green treasure. I’ve also started researching this rather sought after vegetable to make sure that I’m actually looking after it properly.
Asparagus is a perennial crop which, once established, will provide an annual crop of tasty spears for up to 20 years.
If you plant crowns the asparagus will be ready to harvest two years later. The advice on the Gardeners’ World website is that you ‘harvest spears when they reach 12cm in length, cutting them off the crowns beneath the soil with a serrated knife’ and that you ‘stop harvesting in mid-June to allow the plant to build up energy for the following year’.
It’s so exciting to be bringing produce home from our little plot. I can’t wait to see what other things we discover.