PREPARE A BED FOR ASPARAGUS
If you’ve got space, an asparagus bed will reward you with spring treats for many years. Look out for bare-rooted asparagus crowns appearing at garden centres from the end of July or order from NZ’s only asparagus breeder, Dr Peter Fallon, at Aspara Pacific. Keep dormant crowns in a tray of damp potting mix until the soil warms up to around 12°C – mid-September up north but wait until October down south – to avoid the risk of them rotting.
Meanwhile get their permanent home ready. An asparagus bed will produce for more than 20 years so it’s worth putting the effort in. Choose a spot in full sun with good drainage where you can keep it