Friday 11 April 2014

First Asparagus of the year

My Asparagus is shooting up fast now!

The variety I have is called Gijnlim, described in the catalogues as " early season Asparagus, a high yielding male variety producing medium thick, mid-green spears with closed purple tips".

My Asparagus bed houses (nominally) 10 plants. Some of them are really strong and productive, but one or two have not done so well. One died altogether and I replaced it last year. However, the replacement plant didn't look very strong either and I'm not confident that it will have survived the Winter.

Can you see in the photo above that I have applied a top dressing of pelleted chicken manure to give the plants a boost? I'm hoping for a bit of heavy rain at some point soon, to wash it in to the soil.

As reported a week or so ago, I have covered some of the Asparagus plants with cloches now, to protect the emerging spears and make them come on more rapidly.

I harvested the first few spears earlier this week:

 Now this is something from which a cloche has recently come off:-

It is a Curly Endive. It's not very big, but it is one that has survived the Winter and I think if I leave it any longer it will bolt, so I am going to blanch it now, prior to harvesting it.

Blanching, which makes the Endive sweeter, is achieved by excluding light. As you can see, I have covered the Endive with an upturned large flower-pot, whose drainage holes I have blocked with a piece of old tile. Over the course of the next 10 to 14 days the leaves of the plant will go pale, and it will then be ready to cut.


  1. I'm sure you'll enjoy those first spears, the first harvest of anything is usually the tastiest as it's been anticipated for so long.

  2. They look great, mine have just started poking through but I can't take a picking until next year.

  3. I am having my second crop of asparagus for dinner today. I have a few clumps and they seem to be enough for my needs. I sowed some asparagus last year and expect to start harvesting from these in about two years. The shoots are too thin now.

  4. Maybe we should harvest spears from our ornamental asparagus.

  5. I thought all mine had died and then just the other day saw there were three of them still alive but, of course, too late for me to eat any. Yours always look so good. I hope someday I move where we have more SUN!

  6. That asparagus look so good. I keep trying to grow it. In my last bed none of the plants did well and most died. So I decided to start over in a new bed. I'm hoping that one does better.

  7. Your asparagus looks delicious!!!

  8. very nice to see, and I delicous to eat! I've to plan to plant them on my plot next year!

  9. Fantastic asparagus, Mark. Good work!


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