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Grow Your Own Nutritional Detoxifier – Asparagus

Many of us are looking for ways to rid our body of toxins, while improving our eating habits.  Asparagus is nature’s own detoxifier and one of the most nutritionally balanced vegetables.

This flavorful vegetable is easy to grow; once you get it in the ground.  Grow asparagus in full sun or light shade in almost anything but waterlogged soil.  And if space is limited incorporate this pretty vegetable into perennial gardens, mixed borders, and other non-traditional vegetable growing spaces in your landscape.

Start with one- or two-year-old crowns.  These are the roots with growing point intact.  Set them 12 inches apart in 6 inch deep furrows that are 36 inches apart.  Cover the crowns with 2 inches of soil.  Continue filling the trenches with soil as the crowns sprout and grow through the soil.  Water thoroughly as needed.  Once established, these are fairly drought tolerant plants.

Wait one full year before making a light harvest.

A bit more information:  The second year after planting you can harvest asparagus for one month and from then on pick for 6 to 8 weeks.   Harvest the spear when it’s 6 to 8 inches tall by bending it until it snaps or by cutting it just below the soil surface.

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