Asparagus Spears and Ferns and My First Vlog

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Since we started gardening about three years ago, I’ve learned a ton about different vegetables and fruits. The plant that surprised me the most was asparagus.

The variety we planted can grow six feet tall.

Asparagus is a type of FERN.

We discovered this during the first year of growth after I planted the tiny little roots. The little, tiny baby asparagus shoots were spaghetti-noodle thin (like the one on the left). They grew and fell over. You have to let the plants grow the first two to three years so the plant matures enough that the shoots are worth eating.

One day, the little shoots sprouted branches.

The next day, those branches became frilly and wispy, like feathery ferns. I had no idea! Turns out, we were supposed to let them do their plant thing and get bigger.

…And take over the garden bed, eventually.

In the picture, the tiny shoot on the left is from newly planted roots (because the garden isn’t crowded enough). It’s putting out little branches.

The other two spears are ready to be picked and cooked. They are also delicious raw when they are this sweet and tender.

I made a short video (my first vlog!) of the asparagus bed so you can really see the ferns. You can always mute the sound. 😀

Do you like asparagus? What’s the most interesting vegetable you’ve ever seen or tasted?

12 comments on… “Asparagus Spears and Ferns and My First Vlog”

  1. LOVE asparagus, Diana! And you just told me more about something that I eat frequently and had no idea how it got to the form at the market. Wow… And what I see in your photo might explain some of the ‘tough woody bits’ that one bites into now and again (or not). For someone like me with a townhome yard, this is probably not the best ‘crop’ choice , as it seems to take up a good bit of acreage given the yield! What a delicious vegetable (or fern? So tasty, it doesn’t even matter)…


    • Diana Beebe


      You do have to watch for the shoots. If they get too big, they’ll be too tough. We missed a few while on vacation, so we let them grow.

      If you want to grow asparagus, you can use a small patch or a large pot. The bed here is about 3 feet by 2 feet, but you could do a smaller one. It’s amazing how many spears can grow in a small area! This variety is a giant one. There are short kinds, too, which wouldn’t take up as much space as ferns. Let me know if you try it. 😉

      I’ve heard that the roots can spread elsewhere eventually. From the way mine is growing it’ll be years. LOL

      One of the easiest veggies to grow–just water it every so often.

  2. Diana, asparagus is perhaps my favorite vegetable. It never makes it into the house. I don’t have many shoots and the ones I pick I eat right away. AND, my dog Sasha loves them too. She helps me harvest. Turns out, we planted this patch in an area that may get too much water. After five years, still the same number of shoots, very thin, and not very tall. Perhaps a new species is in order? Of course we also have a very short season. It’s fall up here already (at least between 4 pm and noon). Btw, your video works fine when I get to it from WANA. But from the Google search, no. Odd. Nice to hear your voice. And, I’ll bet the veggies are happy up against the warmer wall.


    • Diana Beebe


      I hope our dogs don’t discover how tasty it is! It’s easy to eat on the spot, isn’t it? 😀

      The video is a learning experience. I think a different file type might work better. Hmmm….

  3. I also LOVE asparagus! We used to harvest it from the ditches around the country-side. The thin ones are my favorite. My son grilled some for us recently and I found a new way to love them! The video required me to download to watch, so I have not been able to hear your voice! But a fun idea! You are setting the blog bar high! LOL


    • Diana Beebe


      Yum! Grilled asparagus is yummy.

      You crack me up…setting the bar high… LOL. I’m having fun playing with it though. I need to figure out the best format. I think the type I used for the waves video had the best usibility. I learn by breaking stuff…oops, don’t tell my Tech Guy, Jay.

      O:-)

  4. Years ago I tried to grow asparagus and didn’t know it was supposed to take two or three years before you actually got the edible vegetable. I also had the same experience with broccoli. It was my first vegetable garden after about a year of marriage when I finally had a yard to plant in. I canned tomatoes and squash that year as well.

    The video is cool! I love your deep voice. LOL It’s one more piece to the puzzle of who you are!

    And Pauline, grilled asparagus is my favorite way to eat it!


    • Diana Beebe


      LOL, Joy! I didn’t know I had a deep voice. I guess our own voices never sound the same to us. 🙂

      You were very industrious as a new bride. I need to learn how to can.
      That’s going on my list! Freezing doesn’t really work for everything.


    • Diana Beebe


      Oh my goodness, Elen! How did you know you planted it upside down? I guessed and planted the little root bundles horizontally. All I had was a little diagram to follow on the package.

      I haven’t heard of fiddleheads before. Those are cool–more ferns. I never knew that ferns were edible until we planted asparagus. Now I’m learning about others. I’m so figuring out how to make up to go to the farmers market with you one of these days. 😀

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