It's easy to feel behind in a vegetable garden at this point of the year.  There may be just too many eggplants to deal with, or maybe you are failing to pick the summer squashes when they are little and delicious and are allowing them to get tough on the vine.

Take comfort in the fact that however behind you are, I'm behinder.  I just opened a box ordered from Burpee in April or May–'Purple Passion' asparagus, and 'Triple Crown' blackberries.

I don't think there is a chance of reviving the blackberries, but the asparagus crowns still seem firm–they might be worth soaking in a bucket and planting.

One of the reasons I'm behind is that I was just in Florida on business and to visit a friend for 8 days.  On Sunday, I was admiring the grove of bamboo in the Morikami Japanese Garden on a day when the air was thick enough to eat. 

Fake asparagus
Is it any wonder that asparagus is on my mind?


  1. I am so happy to hear that I am not the only one who loses or procrastinates or whatever you are calling it, on opening boxes and getting things planted, now and then. August does seem a bit late for planting asparagus, but I’m sure they will do quite well for you. A few years ago, when I ordered Purple Passion asparagus from someone, I forgot about them for a couple of months. By then I was in full sprint mode and I shockingly did not do the whole big thing with digging a deep trench, adding lots of good soil and amendments, laying the roots over a cunningly-built little cone of soil ……….. no time and no energy. I just dug a hole for each one with my trowel, jammed the roots in and blessed them. I hate to say it, but they are all doing quite well. My grandmother, Arabella, who first taught me the proper way to plant asparagus, is no doubt still spinning in her grave, but tough on her. The purple asparagus is fabulous. Go on, plant it — you will love it.

  2. Ditto what Li’l Ned said: I planted some long, lost asparagus using his no-fuss method several years ago and they have been doing great.

    Also, asparagus comes from the Mediterranean, where they expect to have No Rain for the summer. Your asparagus will just think they have been on summer break. Putting them in the ground now and throwing some water at them will probably work. And they will just think they are coming up for what folks in the Med call Second Spring. 🙂

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