So last year about this time I posted a blog on Suite101 talking about building a perennial vegetable garden bed. I’m not sure why, but not a single strawberry plant made it – perhaps bad stock since I purchased all at the same place?
My asparagus however did very well and is already coming out, shooting up all over the ground. Sidney and I have already decided to plant the entire square in asparagus and forget the strawberries at the moment.
Yesterday we noticed how big some of the spears were getting and decided to do our first harvest. We harvested enough for sauteed asparagus spears (a dab of butter, a large spoon of minced garlic and viola! Yummy!) to go along with our chicken dinner. Let me tell ya’ – there is simply no comparison between store bought and home grown. It was VERY good.
While some of the plants are already leafing out, there are another two dozen or so spears that are just breaking through the ground and should be ready to harvest next week or so. Not bad for just a few plants – I’ll put in another 2 dozen crowns this year to take the place of our failed strawberries and hopefully have a much stronger harvest next year.
Of course – even the plants we have already established will produce more next year…they are only just now three years old and, like most perennial plants, take a couple years to establish a strong root system before flowering or fruiting to full potential.