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.
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.
This weekend is going to be a spectacular time to visit Hole's Greenhouse.
On Friday, we'll be hosting the Opening Gala for the Dig In Horticulinary Festival. The Opening Gala is sold out, but there are still tickets available for the workshops happening all day on Saturday, including 2 workshops that I'm teaching on container gardening [Editor's note: ticket sales for the paid workshops have now closed. Check out the free workshops below though!]
On Saturday, we'll also be offering FREE workshops on the mainstage all day.
- At 9:00AM, I'll be teaching a free workshop on Companion Planting. In this workshop, you'll learn which plants help each other grow and which plants should be kept far apart from each other.
- At 9:30AM, Julianna Mimande from the Glasshouse Bistro will chat about what she learned about Permaculture while visiting Cuba.
- Finally, at 3:30PM, we'll be featuring the hottest pepper in the world, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Pepper (grown right here in our greenhouse) in a hot pepper eating contest. I ate a single seed from this pepper a while back, and I'm still reeling from it!
Experts from all over the province will be in attendance, and there will also be lots of other free workshops on honey, oils and vinaigrettes, heritage grains, and much much more!
I'm also looking forward to many of the ticketed workshops. To name just a few of them, there are paid workshops on vertical gardening, sausage making, and even a wineology course! [Editor's note: ticket sales for these paid workshops have now closed. Check out the free workshops above though!]
Whatever you're interested in, we'll have a workshop for you this weekend. I'd love to see you there.