Wild asparagus and not so wild!

We love asparagus and especially so in early spring.  We know that warmer weather is soon to stay when we start seeing asparagus popping through the ground.  Another sign is when we see people driving by our property really slow and jump out of their vehicles and scour the ground.  You see we not only have it growing thick around our gardens and haylot but it’s also growing wild along the roadway beside our fence lines.  We’ve surmised that birds eat the berries in the fall and then while sitting on the fence post they leave their dropping and then we have more asparagus growing.  We have more than enough around our gardens and when we happen to get to the roadside patch before everyone else we have more to share with our family and friends.  I’ve attached a couple pictures of the asparagus after it’s finished it’s growing season and bearing seed for the birds.  Watch for it along your roads and around your fenced property.  I’ll bet you have some and didn’t realize it.

Look for this now along the roads and fences and memorize where it’s at. You’ll find a wonderful treat in the spring.

 

Florist use these in their live arrangements. They have a feathery feel.

 

It’s hard to believe that when it comes up in the spring it looks just like the beautiful fresh asparagus you buy in the produce department of your local grocery store.  Then at the end of the growing season we let it bush up, bear berries and feed the birds.

This year I also planted some seed in my greenhouse and I was very pleased when it came up and then survived.  We prepared a new bed for it near the garden but won’t be able to harvest it for three years.

 

In the meantime, we have plenty more in and around the garden and along our roadway.

Our favorite way to eat it is to steam it just enough to keep it crunchy.  You just can’t beat fresh asparagus in the spring along with a batch of fried morels, baked apples and homemade biscuits!!  YUM!!

Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

6 thoughts on “Wild asparagus and not so wild!”

      1. Our backyard is in a flood plain and ends up under water for weeks at a time, so in this house we had to give up on a garden and enjoy the ducks and beavers when they swim around our back for a few weeks! But I agree. We used to eat it fresh every night for nearly 6 weeks each early summer.

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  1. That’s great you grew asparagus from seed. We moved to this home two years ago and this year we send away for plants. They are doing beautifully – they look just like your pictures. Some even have the stalks that look like we could eat them, but we are leaving them intact in hopes that maybe in their second year, we’ll have some to eat. Thanks for post!

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    1. I’ve found that if the stalks are less than pencil size to snap it off and it’ll come back bigger next time/year. We just love it and wish it would last year round. I do believe that as long as you keep it broke off it will continue to grow each year for several months. The biggest challenge we seem to have is keeping the orchard grass out of it. I really believe mulching it in the spring helps. It will push up through the warm mulch and orchard grass doesn’t as much.

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