This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Accustomed as we are to simple methods of culture, the trouble some people take in other parts of the world seems almost incomprehensible. Here for instance is the account which a famous grower in Ar-genteuil, France, gives of his method:
"The asparagus plants must be planted near the surface of the soil, contrary to the general custom; and, also contrary to the general practice, they should also be planted wide apart. They must be earthed up in spring to have them tender and white. Earthing up is absolutely necessary, not only from a culinary point of view, but as a natural protection for the shoots, and to prevent the Asparagus from being blown over by the wind. That is the object fulfilled by the mound of earth in the culture of asparagus. Afterwards, when the leaves appear, it is necessary to tie the asparagus to stakes. This protection is of great importance, for when the wind knocks over the asparagus it breaks and splits their stems, so that there is no hope of saving them."
Imagine our people staking up asparagus! We fancy that with all the care given in France, our American article will surpass it.