I've been thinking that I should have a recipe box for all the good things I harvest. I love asparagus just plain steamed, either in a pot or in the microwave. It doesn't even need butter and salt. Yum!!
A word of warning: if you want to know how to grow asparagus, this is not the site to read. Please browse on. There must be an asparagus.com or asparagus council or something online somewhere.
I will share a gardening story about asparagus. I spent the first years of my life on a hillside farm that had a "potager" garden to die for. There were big plots of asparagus and rhubarb, sour cherry trees, and all kinds of herb beds. The garden even had a picket fence around it with a real garden gate. How cool is that? I know this, because my parents moved to a bigger farm, and kept the old farm. We owned it for another 10-15 years, renting the house, and growing crops there. We visited the "other farm" often, but did not keep up the garden, and the renters didn't either. Alas.
The garden at home, though productive, was not nearly as neat. It was just a big dirt garden between a creek and spring run. Alas..no asparagus at the house, but it was growing wild along the roadside, and in one patch on an abandoned farmsite that was actually a part of our property. My mother would "look" for asparagus in grass and weeds near the telltale stalks of the prior year.
When my husband and I settled on our little plot of land I bought rhubarb starts, 8 blueberry plants, a peach tree, a cherry tree, and two apple trees. One of the blueberry plants died and the following year..in all my wisdom, I planted asparagus crowns in the space left by the dead blueberry plant. My husband was busy with spring planting and didn't know until we saw the little feathery fronds. Oh..my gosh.
Blueberries and asparagus are about as different as you can get in the sprectrum of soil needs.
But they were forgiving and both blueberries and asparagus are still growing and producing well enough. After getting another asparagus bed started, I thought this was the year...to move the existing asparagus. If you've never tried to dig up asparagus... DON'T. It has an unbelievable root system. I couldn't find anything in ANY of my books about "dividing" asparagus. Now I know why!!