- --It's a perenniel plant and lives 15-25 years.
--"Crowns" are planted in a well-prepared 12-inch trench.
- --What you eat is the spring sprouts of the crown.
--The sprouts grow into 5 foot fern-like plants for the summer.
--The plants feeds the roots, which grows the asparagus next spring.
-- Make sure you pick a fairly large spot that the plants can grow for many years.
-- It takes about 2-3 years to get your first harvest.
--Its fairly maintenance free once planted.
--No chemicals needed! Just a late fall feeding of compost or mushroom soil after the fronds die back and you cut off.
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