Asparagus takes some patience to grow. The asparagus plant may need 2-3 years to fully produce edible stalks. Thankfully, once it starts to produce, it will keep doing so for 20 some years. Asparagus plants are best grown in cool weather regions.


  • Plant asparagus in the early spring, as soon as the soil can be worked.
  • Asparagus is best planted from “crowns”, which are 1 year old plants. You can usually purchase asparagus crowns from your local nursery.
  • Start by removing any weeds that may be around the soil. Dig the soil and mix in a 2-4 inch layer of compost, manure, or soil mix.
  • Dig 6 inch wide trenches that are about 6-12 inches deep. Some expert gardeners believe that 6 inch deep trenches are best.
  • Make sure the soil is well drained, and if not, plant your asparagus in raised beds.
  • Create a mount and plant each crown 15-18 inches apart. Spread the roots over the ridge.
  • Now cover the roots and crown with 2 inches of soil and water well.
  • As the stems grow, cover the trenches with more soil, leaving about 2-3 inches of the stem exposed.


  • Once the trench is filled with soil, add about 4-8 inches of mulch and water on a regular basis.
  • Do not harvest the stems in the first year.
  • Cut down dead foliage in late fall and dress with compost.
  • During the asparagus' second year, mulch heavily, side dress in spring and early fall, and cut down any dead foliage in late fall.


  • Asparagus will take about three years to grow, so be patient.
  • Harvest after three seasons and only harvest the stems that are thicker than a pencil.
  • Once ready to harvest, you only have a 2-3 week period to do so, so make sure you don't miss out!
  • After harvest, allow ferns to grow which will replenish the nutrients for next season's crop.

Happy Planting!