Much has been written in praise of raised gardening beds—and for good reason! Raised gardening beds offer so much more control than gardening at ground level. First, they allow us to create our own soil mixture based on the needs of whatever we’re growing, wherever we’re growing it. Second, raised gardening beds are less prone to weeds. And finally, raised beds are both attractive and easy on our backs and knees! They are also particularly well suited for the planting of perennials, offering a ‘set it and forget it’ sort of approach to gardening, which is always welcome in the busy, buzzing days of spring and summer.
One of the best things you can plant in a raised gardening bed, then, is asparagus—a perennial you can plant once and enjoy for the next 20 years! I first planted asparagus in a raised gardening bed four years ago, and still cannot believe how much asparagus we get each spring; from late April through early June, we enjoy at least a few stalks of asparagus with every meal.
So if you love asparagus and want to try growing it for yourself, here is how to get started.