Plump spears of asparagus popping up are a sure (and welcome) sign of spring for us at Dartington Barn. We’ve got a little longer to wait for this year’s crop, but we’ve been doing a little gardening in preparation – hopefully securing us a bountiful harvest in spring!
So, what’s growing at the Barn? This week we focus on our asparagus beds…
So far we’ve had a really mild winter and we only just recently cut back the brown asparagus fern and tidied up the patch. We have also been down at Monkey Bay collecting Bull Kelp seaweed from the beach. We picked up about 20 kilograms and have put it directly onto the asparagus bed, doing our best to make sure each crown has some kelp over the top of it. Asparagus, being a plant that originated from areas with a high salt level, loves seaweed – apparently it’s especially the iodine content it’s keen on. Whatever the reason, the end result speaks for itself, and tasty asparagus abounds.
Next step will be to cover the kelp with compost and eagerly await mid-September for new season spears. Then, of course, it will be ‘Bon Appétit’!