Cool-Season Vegetable #1: Asparagus
Asparagus is a hardy, perennial vegetable that, once established, can produce crops for years. Most easily grown from year-old dormant roots, known as “crowns,” which should be planted as soon as the ground can be worked in early spring while crowns are still dormant.
Be patient with asparagus, since it can take several years to become established. Plan on no harvest the first year, a very light crop (2-4 week season) the second year, and a full (6-8 week season) harvest on the third year.