Here’s a quick update on the Great Asparagus Experiment (I know you’ve all been waiting with bated breaths…):
- The first week of June I stopped harvesting bed #1 so it could produce it’s ferns.
- Just yesterday, during this last week of June, I cut down the ferns from bed #2. In the picture above, bed #1 is on the left with young, tall ferns growing and part of bed #2 is on the right, trimmed and awaiting new spears.
- According to the article I have, I should be able to start harvesting this bed when the spears are big enough (about a week) and will be able to harvest for 6-8 weeks.
But here’s what the article didn’t say:
Cutting down the ferns that have been growing for months takes a lot of work! They are like little trees and some were too big for my hand clippers. Seriously, it took more than 30 minutes just to cut a little section down and drag the mini-trees to the compost. Ugh.
The verdict so far? I’m definitely leaning towards doing this only for spring and fall harvests and not trying to get a summer harvest, too.
And when it comes time to cut down the ferns for bed #3? I’m contemplating attacking them with a chainsaw or hedge-trimmer. What do you think would work best?