Plant of the Month: As­para­gus

Dorset - - GARDEN MASTERCLAS­S -

All male va­ri­eties like ‘Guelph Mil­len­nium’ have the hefti­est spears and yields, but my favourite for flavour is the amethyst-coloured ‘Pa­cific Pur­ple’. Plant the roots in shal­low trenches in weed-free soil spread­ing the roots out on ei­ther side. Add enough soil to cover and as the spears grow fill with more. It’ll be three years un­til the crowns are big enough to har­vest, but they’re worth the wait!

IF YOU DO JUST ONE THING…

Buy fresh com­post for seed sow­ing. Stuff that’s sat in your shed over win­ter be­comes stale and isn’t re­li­able for freshly sown seeds.

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