Asparagus: Asparagus officinalis
Asparagus is a crop which ought to be grown by every owner of a vegetable garden where tenancy is fairly secure. It has the reputation of being a crop for large establishments only, and also for being a crop that is costly to grow. As a matter of fact, after the first two or three years of waiting, the asparagus bed yields a prolific crop for more than twenty years, and is in fact one of the most remunerative crops that can be grown.
It is worth remembering, when asparagus is cultivated, that it grows wild only in districts where theis more or less saturated with salt. Salt can be used as a dressing over the beds, and will improve the quality of the crop.
The preparation of an asparagus bed is extremely important; more so than in the case of most crops, because the asparagus will not be moved for a quarter of a century after planting. A sunny position should be chosen, and the ground should be thoroughly cleaned of all perennial. Beds 4 ft. wide should be marked out and the soil in these beds thoroughly trenched to a depth of 2 or 3 ft. on light soil cow or pig manure should be mixed with the lower spit, while on heavy soil burnt earth and coarse grit with extra clean strawy manure is best, to improve the texture.