Diana: I enjoyed your informative, interesting article.
Lavina: I started a small patch of 25 Jersey Knight roots in a raised bed last spring. This spring, I estimate that I picked around 4 pounds of nice size stems. Asparagus is a fun vegetable to grow because it grows so fast. It's very manageable to grow in a raised bed as Diana pictured. JK
Our beds here in South Texas are not in full sun, but the asparagus doesn't mind. Although we haven't had the nerve to harvest any yet, I think we're going to go for it next spring. Our main problem is that it never freezes enough here to turn the ferns brown. I guess we'll either have to chop the whole patch down in January while it's green, or just get in there and harvest the new shoots in among the mature stalks. We're hoping that the year-round growing season here means that the roots are being thoroughly nourished; in fact, it may not matter very much here when you harvest, as the young shoots tend to come up at random points during the year. We're growing in coastal sandy soil with a deep layer of composted mulch on top. The asparagus is very drought tolerant and has never suffered from any kind of disease or insect predation.
My bed is in full sun in PA, not far from the Maryland line. I can only speak regarding our climate here. Asparagus grows easily here in relatively good soil. It tolerates drought in the summer. It seems to like moisture in the spring when it is growing fast. JK