Guide to Growing Asparagus

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					Grilled Asparagus Salad
Prep Time: 10 min.                                                      Guide to
Cook Time: 3 min.
Ready in: 13 min.
                                           BENEDICT'S HOME & GARDEN               BENEDICT'S
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 1/4 cup olive oil
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 1/8 cup lemon juice                                                      Brands you trust. People who know.
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 12 fresh asparagus spears
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 6 cups fresh spinach leaves               Fax: 203-261-1224
 1/8 cup grated Parmesan cheese            E-mail:
 1 tablespoon seasoned slivered al-

1. Preheat a grill for low heat.
   Combine the lemon juice and olive
   oil on a plate. Place asparagus on
   the plate, and roll around to coat.
2. Grill asparagus for about 5 minutes,
   turning at least once, and brushing
   with the olive oil mixture. Remove
   from the grill, and place back onto
   the plate with the oil.
3. In a large bowl, combine the
   spinach, Parmesan cheese, and
   slivered almonds. Cut asparagus
   into bite size pieces, and add to the
   salad along with the lemon juice
   and oil from the plate. Toss to
   blend, then serve.
We carry two varieties of               Planting instructions:                Remember that asparagus will not
asparagus roots: Jersey                                                       be harvested the first season.
Supreme and Purple Passion.             Turn over the soil a foot or more     However, they do winter
                                        deep. Mix in large amounts of         extremely well (if winter injury is
Jersey Supreme:                         compost, peat moss, or other          noted, a light mulch of coarse
                                        organic material and five pounds      manure can be helpful) and given
The newest release from the             of any 5-10-10 fertilizer per 100
Jersey asparagus breeding                                                     proper care, plants can produce
                                        square feet. Asparagus do well in     for 10 to 15 years.
program, Supreme has very high          almost any soil from sandy to
yield potential as demonstrated         moderately heavy. Good                Only a light harvest should be
by trial results. The spear size is     drainage is important. In spring,     taken the second season, cutting
more uniform than the other             dig trenches 8 inches deep and 4      for only 2 to 3 weeks out of the
Jersey hybrids. Supreme is quite        to 5 feet apart. Plant the crowns     year. Harvest spears with tight tips
early, cold tolerant and is             of the plants 18 inches apart in      by snapping the 7-9” stalks near
adapted to temperate, warm and          the row. Place each plant on a        the ground. Once established,
cool climates. This hybrid is best      rounded mound of soil; spread         pick all the spears produced as
adapted to light to medium sandy        roots out carefully in a horizontal   allowing them to fern out gives the
soils. Supreme has                      position. Cover the roots with a      asparagus beetles a home to lay
demonstrated very good rust             few inches of soil. As the new        their eggs.
resistance and selected for its         shoots come up, gradually fill in
tolerance to Fusarium.                  the trench. Water well when the
Purple Passion:                         top growth is developing; the soil
                                        around the roots should not be
Purple Passion is a unique              allowed to become dry. 
asparagus variety especially
suited to the asparagus
enthusiast, whether home
gardener or commercial grower.                                                   BENEDICT'S HOME & GARDEN
Its special, attractive purple color,
                                                                                 480 Purdy Hill Road
flavor and tenderness distinguish
                                                                                 Monroe, CT 06468
this variety from others.                                                        Phone: 203-268-2537
                                                                                 Fax: 203-261-1224

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