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.
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!!