Planting Cool Weather Plants

 

Finally it’s warm enough at The Home Garden to start planting our garden. Today we planted most of the cool weather vegetables, lettuce, spinach, radishes, kohlrabi and turnips. We have never planted turnips before so I an excited to see how they turn out.

I also planted dill and asparagus today. We have always had dill planted but I’m not sure what happened to it because it did not come up this year. It’s a perennial so it comes up every year. I planted four plants because we always seem to run out.

What I am the most excited about however, is the asparagus. It is also a perennial so it will come up every year for 20-30 years. It actually grows on roadsides in parts of the country. When you plant it in your garden you should plant it on the outer part of your garden because it lasts so long.

You can start planting whenever you can work the soil. Asparagus should be planted about 9-12 inches apart. The root will grow out horizontally instead of vertically and as the plant gets older the stems will become thicker. They should be fertilized as you would the rest of you garden.

You are going to have to wait 3 years before you can harvest asparagus and only for one month that year, normally in June. After the fourth year you can harvest as you wish. As asparagus grows the biggest problem will be weed control. Weeds will prevent the new asparagus sprouts from maturing.

Asparagus is low in calories and has an abundant amount of vitamins A and C. it is also a great source of folate and has a good amount of fiber. The top one inch of the stem end will need to be removed before it can be eaten. Asparagus can be eaten raw, steamed, grilled (my favorite), roasted or added to salads and casseroles.

 

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