Gardening 365 – Day 69

Purple sweet asparagus: beautiful, deep burgundy colored spears (turn green when cooked), 20% higher sugar content so very tasty when eaten raw, this variety is larger and more tender than other types. Pick in the evening for the most tender stalks as plants grow rapidly on warm days. $5.99 for a bundle of 5 crowns. Far West Nursery and Garden Center. If you don’t have a big vegetable garden and a lot of space for an asparagus trench, dig your deep holes and plant the crowns amongst your perennials. The feather green foliage is gorgeous in the ornamental border. And as my beloved grandmother often admonished me: you might as well make yourself useful as well as ornamental.

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