There’s a reason why many of us turn to asparagus in the spring and summer months: It’s one of the first crops of spring harvest, and the fresh-picked spears are more tender and tasty during the growing season. Even more, this versatile green is rich in B vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, and iron, making it a healthy (and welcome) addition to any meal.
While the idea of growing asparagus may be overwhelming, it shouldn’t be: Asparagus is a great starting point because it’s one of the few perennial vegetables that’ll grow fresh spears year after year with little space and effort. Even though it takes asparagus plants three years to fully mature, it’ll be well worth it when you have a bounty of nutritious spears at your disposal.
Now, here’s everything you need to know about growing asparagus, whether you start from seed or spear.
How to Grow Asparagus From Seed
It takes patience to start your asparagus patch from seed, but there are advantages to gain from the extra wait. Seed-grown plants don’t suffer from transplant trauma like nursery-grown roots, and you can buy a whole packet of seed for the same price you’ll pay for one asparagus crown.