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Old 03-21-2017, 12:30 PM   #1
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Asparagus Popped up Over Night


Asparagus looks to be a couple of weeks early according to my photo records of past seasons.

Must be that global warming thing.
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Ayuh,... Mine is still 6 to 8 weeks away,....
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Do you cover them with mulch or straw?
Apparently, they stay lighter in colour and are juicier if you go that.
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Do you cover them with mulch or straw?
Apparently, they stay lighter in colour and are juicier if you go that.
Some years with straw if I have any, otherwise it's covered with annual crab grass remains and American Elm leaves among the ferns from last season.
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Would asparagus grow well in a pot indoors?
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Would asparagus grow well in a pot indoors?

Not likely. It is a long term crop that takes a few years to become established and has an extensive root system.
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Not likely. It is a long term crop that takes a few years to become established and has an extensive root system.
I read up on this after I posted my question. Sigh. The downside of living in a condo. You're right. No indoor asparagus for me unless I have room to keep super large tubs of soil indoors.

I like grilled asparagus. Indoors though, I can only do oven roasting. I'm a snapper so I end up with lots of Asparagus ends in the freezer which I thought I'd make into cream of asparagus. Since food blogs mentioned they boiled their ends for 40 min, I decided on pressure cooking mine. I pressure cooked for 15 min, ran the ends through a food chopper, came out very stringy, pressure cooked for 15 min again, ran through food chopper again. Finally decided to just separate the "pulp" by straining and squeezing through a nut milk bag. The soup and milk were brown because I used beef broth (didn't have chicken broth).

I used just my 3-cup food chopper because I only had 0.7 lbs of asparagus ends. Next time I'll try a blender and puree to see if I end up with something that doesn't look like mulch.

Anyway, here's the "pulp" from 0.7 lbs of asparagus ends. It looked more realistic when it was wet. It was good for a lot of laughs.
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It's a real pain to do so but peeling those ends before normal cooking will eliminate the stringy fibers.

There really isn't any solution other than walking into the back yard and picking it fresh. That is a daily job to keep it tender.
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