Asparagus should not be harvested the year it is planted, but it will begin to produce in early spring of the following year.
Recommended planting for a family of five
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Asparagus should not be harvested in the first year, and generally begins two years after planting.
To harvest asparagus, cut only the spears that are at least 9 inches tall - spears should be cut at the ground level. At the end of the growing season, remove all the remaining emerging spears to encourage more spear development the following year.
By the 5th year of production, asparagus will provide 6 to 8 weeks of harvesting time, although spears will gradually become thinner as harvest continues. Once the spears are only as thin as a pencil, it is time to stop harvesting for the year.
Storage and Preservation Methods
Asparagus can be stored fresh in refrigerator for 2 or 3 days. Store upright with cut end standing in a small amount of cold water.