Asparagus - Mary Washington. Asparagus takes 2-3 years to establish BUT, then produces for 30 years or more! It is one of the first veggies to pop up in the spring. It is so worth the wait! Mary Washington is one of the most popular of all heirloom asparagus varieties and is an excellent choice for the garden. The delicious spears are tender, thick, heavy and straight and are of a rich dark green colour with a purple tinge. Produces uniform spears and a heavy yield.
|How To Grow||Plants can yield for 20 years. Select a sunny site with well drained soil and work in large amounts of composted manure 12" deep. A soil pH in the range of 6.5 to 7.5 is ideal. Soak seeds in water for 2 days. Sow 2.5 cm (1") deep and 12.5 cm (5") apart in rows 45 to 60 cm (18-24") apart. Thin the seedlings to 15 cm (6") apart when they are 7.5 cm (3") tall. During mid-spring in the second year, transplant the 1 year old roots 45 cm (18") apart in rows 1 m (40") apart. It is best to wait until the third year after sowing to take a regular harvest. Each spring, mulch established plants with compost and work in large amounts of composted manure 30 cm (12") deep. Feed with a general-purpose vegetable fertilizer.|
|Blooming Season Begins||Early Summer|
|Days to Emergence||7 to 14|
|Height||Medium Tall (50 to 100 cm)(20" to 39")|
|Frost Tolerance||Frost Hardy|
|Degree of Difficulty||Prior Experience Beneficial|