It’s been a mild winter here in the Willamette Valley (OR) — we had a few weeks-worth of hard-frozen nights, but the covered beds (6-mil poly) did a swell job of protecting our hardy veggies. We’re still nibbling away at our winter crop (kale, chard & spinach planted toward the end of last summer) and have started fresh seedlings (lettuce & spinach) in the greenhouse.
Anybody here grow asparagus? I have a four-foot-square raised bed that I intend to top up with compost and plant this spring. That corner’s too shady for tomatoes until we can persuade the utility company that the half-dead sprawling oak on the adjacent storage company’s sidewalk should be removed as a public hazard, but I’m hoping asparagus will survive because the tree doesn’t leaf up until mid-June (southwestern exposure). If anyone wants to offer an opinion as to whether ten supermale Jersey Giant crowns are a reasonable investment, I would be grateful for your advice.