Harvesting Asparagus

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To harvest asparagus, allow it to grow for three years, look for thick, lush asparagus stems, and cut the plant back to the ground during the harvest. Find out how asparagus can be harvested for up to 20 years if the plants are left alone for the first three years with information from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening.

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to talk about how to harvest asparagus. Now asparagus is a wonderful vegetable. It's very easy to grow. And so it's just a little root type plant, that has a little tip on it, and so the best time to grow it is in the spring, and then let it grow. Now the trick with asparagus is don't harvest them for at least three years. The plant has to be very developed to produce the best vegetables. So if you harvest the spindly, little asparagus the first year, you're not going to get very good asparagus the second year. So it's best to just ignore them for about three years at least. Until you get some nice, lush asparagus stems, and then when they look really good, and thick, then that is the time to cut them to the ground, and use them. And the trick is you can harvest them for up to 20 years. So asparagus is a plant that's very long lived. So you start them in the spring, let them grow for three years, don't touch them, and then start cutting out of them. And so when you harvest them, cut them to the ground, and keep them cool in the refrigerator, or in the cellar. So use them as soon as possible, because they only store for about a week, and asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables. Especially when you put a little bit of curry on it.

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