Asparagus first grew in the countries of the eastern Mediterranean, and still grows wild in coastal areas of Europe. Cultivated for more than 2000 years, it was first used as a medicine before being regarded as a food.
How to grow Asparagus
Asparagus is the most drought-tolerant of all vegetables, but it does not thrive in waterlogged soils. Reassuringly, it is virtually pest-free. 'Weed and greed' are its two main enemies. Root care is particularly important, so weed asparagus by hand rather than with a hoe. As asparagus is a long-term crop, it is important to choose a good site. The best soil is a deep and well-drained one; coarse, sandy soils will give better results than heavy ones. The soil pH should be 6.5 or above. The incorporation of plenty of well-rotted organic matter (such as Orgro) is good, especially on lighter soils.