Unfortunately, it got down to -3 last night so any aspargus that was up is frozen. The one I am holding is not froze, see the difference, the three in the background are transparent from the frost.
The frost does not hurt the roots of the plants and there will be lots of new tips poping up just as soon as we get a couple of warm days.
This is why asparagus is not meant to be grown in this climate.
Doug helped me get the combine started and out of the shed today. I use the grain combine to cut all the old fern off as close to the ground as possible. After the fern is cut off the combine cuts it up into short pieces, then blows it back onto the ground for mulch. Now we have the field ready for asparagus season. We need lots of sunshine and a few warm days and we will be picking sweet, tender aspaaragus. I can hardly wait!!
I found the first tiny little tips poking up today. We need frost free nights before we will start picking. Every night when it freezes, any tips that are up get froze back. then the plant sends new ones up.
Once I find the first tips, that is my cue to get last years fern off the field. Too bad the weather forecast is cold and snowy on Friday. Here's hoping that this will be the last snow of the spring.