Hi, this is Justin at the Red Bird Mission Grow Appalachia.


For the past two weeks I had one of our volunteers in from Illinois. Last year she planted a asparagus patch here on our campus and while she was here she did a lot of really good and interesting work to the patch.  She used shredded paper mulch to go around the patch so there will be no need in mowing around the patch and weeding around the plants.


So she did some research on companion planting for her asparagus. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pest, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. Asparagus is helped by aster family flowers, dill, coriander, parsley, basil, marigold, and nasturtiums. Avoid Onion, garlic, potato, gladiola. So around her asparagus she planted dill and marigolds to help assist her plants in growing.



If you have a asparagus patch and harvested some this year here is a great recipe from kyproud.com for you to try.

simple roasted asparagus

ingredients 1 bunch of asparagus

1 tbsp of olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Trim or snap the tough ends of asparagus and lay out onto a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat and roast at 400 degress until spears are golden brown and asparagus is cooked to your liking, about 10 minutes for tender crisp. enjoy