When do you harvest asparagus

Harvest asparagus beginning the third growing season, when spears are well developed but the tips haven't begun to open. Pick spears that are about 6 to 8 inches tall and have a diameter approximately the size of your index finger. Cut or break the spear near the soil. Avoid harvesting skinny, woody spears.

Usually the asparagus harvest lasts for about two weeks the first year, and increases by about a week each year until the harvest lasts six weeks. Stop harvesting when most spears are skinny.

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