Growing asparagus requires starting them from the root and allowing them to grow for three or four years without vegetable production. Maintain an asparagus plant, which will produce vegetables for up to 15 years after the first few years of growth, with helpful advice 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 grow asparagus. It's one of my favorite vegetables, and I love it just sauteed with some garlic, just a really, really good vegetable. But they're easy to grow, too, and the easiest way to start them is by the root, and if you live in a cold climate, start them in the spring, and if you live in a warm climate, you can start them in the fall or any time in the year in the winter to the spring. And they're just a little root, and you just start the root and then they'll grow a beautiful plant, but you have to be patient. Many times asparagus won't produce actual vegetables until the third or the fourth year. So many times, you have to just grow them out for the season if you live in a cold climate, dig them up, store them for the winter, and start them again next year, and up the three years before you get any vegetable on them. But it's worth the wait, and once they do produce vegetables, they'll produce vegetables for the next ten to fifteen years. And they're really easy to grow. They just need full hot sun and good drainage. They don't want to sit in water at all. So when you're cutting your asparagus out, it's good to cut them at an angle right above the ground, and they'll keep growing more asparagus as well, and again, if they look lush and green, leave them be. If they start looking a little bit brown or if they start dying back, just cut them back. A lot of times they'll grow new starts, and they're a really easy plant to grow in your garden.