Asparagus Mary Washington
Asparagus officinalis 'Mary Washington' - Asparagus Mary Washington
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One of the oldest and most popular varieties that is fast growing and extremely hardy. It's an easy to grow, flowering perennial producing delicious and crisp, green coloured spears with a purple tinge to their tips. It prefers a well-drained soil, in full sun or a partly shady position. It's quite a voracious feeder and needs plenty of organic matter such as cow manure to thrive. Asparagus is a delicacy and can be eaten raw or cooked. It's delicious in soups, eat the spears steamed, grilled or roasted, or serve raw while still young and tender.

Growth Width — 1.5m
Growth Height — 1.5m
Light Requirements — Full sun
Soil Requirements — Sandy soil, Well drained soil
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Planting Advice

Asparagus likes deep, friable, rich soil. If you've got heavy, clay soil, you'll need to mound the plants up or dig in plenty of organic matter so that it becomes nice and well drained. They love soil with a pH of about 6.5 to 7. Dig a deep trench, about 75cm for the long roots - the deeper the better.

Watering needs

Water regularly but be sure that your garden bed has good drainage because they don't like wet feet.

Pruning Advice

Harvest by gently cutting spears when they are around the width of a pencil. They will then go yellow in autumn and that's the time to cut them back to ground level.