Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Long Awaited Asparagus

We are doing research to start planning for our indoor and outdoor gardens, on our property. In considering what we would grow, we thought of many vegetables including asparagus. Asparagus is frequently added to our daily meals. Asparagus contains anti-inflammatory nutrients such as flavonoids quercetin, rutin, kaempferol and isorhamnetin. It provides a wide variety of antioxidant nutrients, including vitamin C, beta-carotene, vitamin E, and the minerals zinc, manganese, and selenium. If you are interested in growing your own asparagus, as we are, it is important to know that it takes 3 years to harvest from the time a crown is planted! This was something that we didn't know. It might be best to buy a 1 year old crown/plant from a nursery or garden center, so you don't have to wait an extra year before harvesting. You can learn more about growing and harvesting asparagus here.

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