This past week our Asparagus plants arrived. We’ve eaten it a few times and enjoyed it so Dad decided to start researching it as we’ve never grown it before. Unlike most plants, growing Asparagus is a multiyear process; it takes about 2 years before you get a harvest. So once the plants arrived we wanted to get them in the ground as soon as possible.
But first, we had to expand the garden and build the beds.
Dad gets wooden crates like these from work. Instead of throwing them away, he brings them home. This particular crate was one that we waterproofed last year. He cuts the bottom off and then cuts them in half creating two boxes per crate that he lines up. He pounds off an end from each half of the crate and then stabilizes them every so often with 2×4’s. Simply screwing a 2×4 on the inside of each side of the crate every so often. Connecting them together and adding a little stability.
Once he got the bed built and leveled we had to take the fence down so that we could fence the new bed into the garden.
Since the fence was out of the way we went ahead and mowed down the tall grass.
We moved the fence in front of the shed while we filled the bed with dirt. I may or may not have tripped over the fence twice… (🤷♀️). This time only filling it until it was about eight inches from the top of the bed. While Dad, Jr., and JoJo moved the dirt Mom and I started soaking the roots in a bucket of water.
Finally, it was time to put the Asparagus in the ground!! We planted them about eight inches down and 12-18 inches apart. Then we filled in the rest of the dirt and gave the entire bed a good watering.
Dad and Bradley then adjusted the fence so that the new bed would be protected from the dogs. In all, it only took us maybe 6 hours including the time Dad took to build the bed.
And now, we wait, water, and wait some more. Knowing that in a couple of years we’ll be able to cook some fresh asparagus for dinner…which I’ve heard is really good.
“…For whatever one sows, that will he also reap…”
Until next time,