Asparagus and garlic

We have a couple of raised beds for some of the more permanent crops and one of those is being planted with asparagus and garlic today.  We picked up some Mary Washington asparagus roots and I’d ordered some seeds for Precoce d’Argenteuil asparagus from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds company.  I have no idea if any of it will grow but we’ll see what comes up.  The garlic will eventually get it’s own bed but for now we’ll just use a little room at one end of the asparagus bed.

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen the Precoce d’Argenteuil asparagus before but the back of the package says, “An old traditional heirloom, this gourmet variety is highly esteemed in Europe for its delicious stems that can be blanched white with rose-colored buds. Italian Seed.” The Baker Creek people had some really interesting seeds in their catalog so I’m excited to try some new varieties this year.