Best Millenium Ever

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Asparagus is one of my favourite vegetables and one of the first vegetables that we can harvest from our gardens (especially if it's been established in your garden for a few years).
 
But choosing the best varieties of asparagus is the crucial first step for ensuring that you get the high yields of these delicious spears.
 
The two varieties that are high up on my list are: "Jersey Knight" and "Millennium." Both of these varieties are "male clones" which means that flower and fruit production is minimal when the asparagus plants mature.
 
Flower and fruit production may not seem like a big deal when it comes to asparagus spear yield, but anytime a plant makes flowers or fruit, energy must be "robbed" from other plant parts like spears and shifted to the reproductive structures of the asparagus plants.
 
Jersey Knight and Millennium are both excellent, high-yielding varieties but I give the edge to Millennium for patriotic reasons: Millennium is a Canadian variety that was developed at the University of Guelph in Ontario while Jersey Knight originates from the U.S.  We have both varieties available now as well as a number onions, garlic, potatoes, & artichokes.

~Jim Hole

p.s. This weekend, I'll be speaking at Canada Blooms in Toronto giving presentations on fusion gardening, soil, and garden myths. If you're in Toronto, I'd love to see you there. 

Back in Edmonton, my next upcoming workshop will be on Saturday, March 28th and is called "Container Planting with the Experts." We have a few spots left, so if you'd like to learn about container gardening, register here before it fills up.