Asparagus Berries: Are They Edible? Uses?

Close up of greens asparagus foliage with red berries.

What are the red balls on asparagus plants? Asparagus berries aka seed pods. Asparagus has male and female plants, it is ‘dioecious‘. The female plants you may have noticed produce small pea-sized berries. The berries/seed pods start off green and ripen to a cherry red. Are Asparagus Berries Edible? The berries almost look like something … Read more

How to Get Rid of Asparagus Beetles in Your Garden

The common asparagus beetle (Crioceris asparagi) on asparagus leaf.

Identification and Control of Asparagus Beetles There are two varieties of asparagus beetle, common asparagus and its cousin the spotted asparagus beetle (Crioceris duodecimpunctata). As the name indicates they are pests of asparagus. The common asparagus beetle has a more voracious appetite and causes much more damage. Both varieties are about 1/4 inch long, they … Read more

Asparagus Companion Planting: 9 Compatible Plants for Asparagus

Asparagus spears sprouting in black soil.

Companion Planting is the placement of various crops in close physical proximity to one another so as to symbiotically compliment each others health, vigor, growth and the flavor of their produce. It also naturally involves separating plants whose development is antagonistic to each other. Herbs such as parsley, basil, coriander and Dill. Flowers such as Aster family flowers, marigolds, … Read more

Troubleshooting Pests and Diseases Common to Asparagus Plants

Plant disease on asparagus stems.

Cultural Practices to minimize Disease and Insect problems in Asparagus 1. ] Purchase vigorous, healthy crowns from a reputable supplier. Asparagus, being susceptible to diseases, viruses and insects, some varieties have been bred or hybridized to be resistant to certain pests.Resistance to these pests is usually listed on the plant label using the following abbreviations: … Read more

How to Plant, Grow and Care for Asparagus Plants

Man's hand picking fresh asparagus in a veggie garden.

Asparagus is an easily grown long lived perennial, given proper care – asparagus plants can be productive for over a decade. But It takes at least two years and sometimes up to three years to establish an asparagus patch. Older “heirloom” varieties of asparagus were much more difficult to grow. Breeders have developed refined varieties … Read more

White Asparagus: Planting and Growing Guide

White asparagus in a gloved hand fresh from soil,

Asparagus itself can at times be a little tricky to propagate, white asparagus even more so. White or Albino asparagus is not a separate cultivar from normal green asparagus, it is the same plant grown differently – the trick is to deny the plant access to as much light as possible, thereby blocking its ability … Read more