This strain of asparagus originates on an old farm in Pennsylvania, likely Mary Washington or a contemporary century old variety. Vigorous, hardy, and productive, no homestead garden is complete without an asparagus patch. Although easy to start from seed, growers must be patient- wait at least 3 years to begin harvesting spears. Sow seeds in flats in the spring, waiting until the first needle thin spears transform into little ferns before carefully transplanting each small plant into its permanent home (spaced 2 feet apart for best long term production). Asparagus performs best in rich soil and with yearly applications of mulch to control weeds. Asparagus grown from seed will result in both male and female plants.