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Asparagus Is An Herb And A Vegetable

Asparagus is actually considered an herb. The plant comes from the Lily family and is native to the seacoasts of England. It is also native to Poland and the former USSR. Masses of plants can be seen in these countries in open fields.

For the everyday gardener this plant can be a challenge to grow. Maturity can take two to three years before it's ready to harvest, if grown from seeds. If the plant is grown from the crown, it can take one to two years to mature.

Asparagus does well in zones two through nine in the United States. It loves well drained soil and will adapt to most soil conditions. This vegetable loves full sun, but can survive if planted in a little amount of shade.

Full Stalk Of Asparagus

This herb member does extremely well if planted in a geographic location that has a long growing season. However, asparagus will produce a larger crop if planted in a region that has freezing temperatures. The plants will go through the dormant season, and this produces a higher yield.

There are usually two methods for planting the herb. One is from seed which is the hardest method. You can put the seeds in cell trays or small pots.

Like most other herbs, germination is best in a warm environment. Temperatures of sixty to eighty degrees will work fine, ideally from 68°F (20°C) up to 86°F (30°C). The germination process takes around 21 days. You should let the plugs mature anywhere from ten to fourteen weeks before transplanting into the garden.

You can also plant the root crowns as they will be ready for harvest at a faster rate. Mild climates can plant in the spring and cooler climates in the fall. The crowns should be planted in trenches and should be spaced ten to fourteen inches apart. The trenches should be covered up after the plant starts to mature. Keep the ground moist, especially through the dormant stage.

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You have choices with growing this plant. Seeds, roots, or plugs. Roots are easy to plant, resulting in delicious meals for you and your family.

Asparagus spears will reach six to eight inches tall, and this is when you start harvesting. You can harvest every three to four days. This plant can stay fresh in a refrigerator up to three weeks.

Commercial growers will use a cooling method to preserve the freshness of this herb.

This is a wonderful vegetable for nutritional value. This plant is popular in different regions for a great side dish at a holiday meal. It is personally one of my favorite herbs to eat.

Try serving with a nice saute of other herbs such as basil, fresh garlic, oregano, chives, and onions. This will create a colorful and delicious addition on top of this vegetable. You can also mix in some diced tomatoes for extra flavor and color.

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Part Of The Stalk Of Asparagus

There is also some medicinal value to this plant. It is known to help with acne and also possible reduction of hypertension and kidney problems. Always talk to a professional before you ingest any plant for medical benefits.

If you don't want to grow this herb, or your climate isn't right, the commercial growers do an excellent job in providing all of us with tasty stalks of Asparagus at the market, for our enjoyment.

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