This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Referring to a paragraph in a recent Monthly,. allow me to say that as yet there has been no competition for my prize in England, nor will there be for some time, to allow full time for preparation. The Asparagus you allude to was merely a head obtained after a few years' trial of the open planting system where previously no good Asparagus was obtainable. As my prize will run over seven consecutive years, I hope that at some of the competitions we may have the pleasure of seeing samples of the best American grown Asparagus. I was not in America during the Asparagus season, and therefore I can only speak from seeing some preserved American Asparagus. It seemed all that was most desirable in size and quality.