Chris’s allotment blog

Olympic Asparagus.

new asparagus shoot...

Tall and willowy...

The asparagus has survived the recent cold nights without incident…hurrah!

All the plants have now emerged from the soil and I’ve back-filled the trenches, so they are growing away now at their final level.

One has been tunneling along underground and has come up right next to it’s neighbour, about 20cm from where I had planted it but it has come up! The plants are now quite tall and willowy, but when they first come up there are quite hard to spot – see the pic with my finger pointing to the newly-emerged tip.

This is a crop for the long haul – they can’t be cut for the first two years, it’s a game of hoeing, watering and mulching, the reward coming in the third season…it should be ready for the London Olympics!