Every spring as the soil warms and the seeds are going in, I’m just so happy to have asparagus. It’s a welcome harvest when everything else is in the planning stage, and a perfect excuse to fire up the grill.

Asparagus is a perennial crop, which means it’s one less thing to get in the ground during the busy days of spring, though also of course means that the bed needs to be dedicated to it year-round. However, I’ve discovered by accident that it’s perfectly happy to share the space with Vinca, and may try some other ground covers this spring to see if it has any other good companions.

During the summer, asparagus becomes an airy foliage plant with “insignificant” yet bee-attracting flowers. There are a few pests that arrive with the warm weather, but they do little damage and can generally be ignored in garden situations.

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