Asparagus can be grown from scraps if the weather is right. The process takes patience and luck, but the outcome could be worth it!
Did you know that you can grow asparagus from scraps? It’s true! In this blog post, we will discuss how to grow asparagus from scraps.
Source your asparagus scraps
First, you will need to find some asparagus scraps. You can easily get these by cutting off the tough ends of an asparagus stalk. To maintain maximum freshness, only use the stalks that you will be cooking on the day itself.
Start Rooting Process
Place the scraps in a glass of water. Put the glass in a sunny spot and change the water every day. After a few weeks, you will see small roots and green shoots growing from the stalk.
Transplant to soil
Once the roots are big enough, transplant them into a pot or garden bed. Use soil that is rich in compost for maximum growth. Make sure to keep the soil moist but not soggy. Fertilize every 2 weeks using an organic fertilizer.
Harvest your asparagus spears when they are about 6-8 inches long. If you see any flowers on the plant, cut them off. This will allow the plant to focus its nutrients on producing more asparagus spears.
Asparagus is a vegetable that is harvested in spring.
Growing asparagus in the ground is relatively straightforward, but there are some precautions to take to ensure a successful harvest.
Asparagus can grow in many different soil types and climates provided it has enough water and sunlight. The planting depth for asparagus roots can vary depending on the time of year it is planted, how much rainfall there has been, or how hot or cold it is outside.
It is important to bury the roots at least an inch deep when planting them outside, as they will not be able to grow if they are not entirely submerged underground.
As your asparagus grows, make sure to feed it with fertilizer every two weeks and weed around its leaves to give it extra space for growth.
Asparagus companion plants
For asparagus to grow and produce the best possible harvest, asparagus should be paired with plants that can help it grow.
Some plants that work well as companion plants are marigolds, potatoes, onions, and garlic. Marigolds and potatoes help fight off pests like cabbage worms. Garlic works well because it repels whiteflies and onion does well in aiding the growth of healthy roots.
Companion plants are not just good for asparagus; they also help other crops thrive.
Growing asparagus from seed
Planting the seeds of asparagus is not too difficult. They can be grown in pots, containers, and garden beds.
They should be planted about one inch deep and about 6 inches apart. The seeds need to be planted in soil mixed with peat moss and sand, with the pH balance between 6-7 for best results.
The plants need to be watered frequently during their growing season which lasts from April to September.
Planting asparagus from seed is easy if you follow these steps:
- Soak seeds in water overnight before planting
- Plant the seed ½ inch deep
- Place them 2-3 feet apart
- Keep moist but not wet
- Water every day for the best results