This is my first harvest of the year (small as it is) and also the first time I've ever harvested asparagus. The asparagus beds were planted in spring 2013. Eight crowns went into a dug garden on the south slope of my property and 4 crowns went into a raised bed (all Mary Washington variety).
I regret that I didn't spend a bit more time preparing the beds as they are already crowded with weeds and grass growing back up. Then again, the asparagus patch at my old place was just growing up through the grass for about a decade and it was still productive and tasty. As this is only year 3 of the patch, I don't plan to pick too much and I'll make sure to leave at least 2 or 3 spears on each plant to grow into ferns.
|clockwise from top: radish leaves, kale, tsoi sim|
The rest of my harvest was a result of thinning out my plants. I did a ridiculously poor job of seeding this year and the radishes, kale and tsoi sim are totally crowded.
|tsoi sim in greenhouse bed|
So I thinned the plants and made a nice little salad out of what I pulled (the main photo above). I had no idea radish leaves were edible until Michelle mentioned using them in salads or sandwiches. I'm not sure about eating them when they are fully mature as the leaves have a funny texture but I will give them a try - and at this tender age, they were very nice!