A Fruitful Harvest
When do you start finding the asparagus? We generally pay attention to the height of the grass which should be 6-8 inches tall before the Asparagus starts. By the time the grass is knee-high, the asparagus should be popping out like crazy.
Also, we notice that about 2/3 of the trees are showing green in and around Western Glenwood Springs. Additionally, lilacs are shooting out small green leaves.
For early season Asparagus, target the biggest plants… it seems that those stands of asparagus that have thick stems and tall stalks are the ones that push up first. The smaller/shorter ones should start in a week or two.
Are you asking yourself where to look? Well… the trick here is to find the dead and dying asparagus plants in the summer and fall… mark the spots then go back and look there for the fresh shoots in the spring. Old dead asparagus can be tough to spot if you don’t know exactly where to look. Often you will find clumps along farm fences and near irrigated ditches. They are hearty fellows though and sometimes grow in the most surprising places!
As always, being too dry is the bane of foraging. Let’s hope some rain comes regularly.