Asparagus from seeds
October 19, 2012 4:02 PM Subscribe
As a novice gardening is it crazy for me to try to grow asparagus from seeds?
posted by otherwordlyglow to Science & Nature (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I've been experimenting in my backyard in San Francisco for the two years we've been there though I don't have a lot of gardening experience prior to this. I was at a seed bank last week and picked up some Mary Washington seeds and now in reading about growing them, I'm somewhat daunted.
I can deal with the idea that I won't have spears for probably three years if I start the seeds now but all the articles I read (Golden Gate Gardening, Sunset's Western Gardening Guide) make the whole process seem so complicated and difficult: seeds sprouted and then grown in one place for a year (?) and then moved to a permanent bed, elaborate soil and bed preparation, complicated fertilization and propagation schemes, keeping the soil moist at all times...does it really have to be this complicated? What are the basic basics that are required to be successful? Do they need to be watered every day?
I'm intrigued by the idea of a perennial vegetable, but this project is appearing more and more overwhelming at every turn!
As mentioned, I'd be growing them in my backyard, probably not in raised beds and I'm in San Francisco.
(I also recently read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver and the section on her asparagus beds was very inspiring!)