There are only a handful of perennial vegetables that are commonly grown in our gardens. Just like perennial flowers, perennial vegetables take a little time to get established, but the pay off can last for decades. Asparagus is one of the best.
I don't have a large asparagus patch, but it's old enough to provide weeks of tender spears, which I look forward to every spring. Asparagus is one of the first green things to poke through the ground in spring, making it an even more welcome sight. So I just ordered a few more roots, before they sell out. In many areas, it's already planting season. Don't be alarmed when your roots arrive and they look like worn out string mops. They really are asparagus crowns, ready to start growing.
It's true, asparagus take a little up front work work and a good amount of patience, but it's well worth it.
Photo: © Marie Iannotti