This section of the book is from the Guide To Hardy Fruits And Ornamentals book, by Thomas Joseph Dwyer, published in 1903.
The writer has had considerable experience in growing the Asparagus and experimenting with the different varieties. His belief is that on the whole the success or failure of this vegetable is as we will it." With proper or deficient care and cultivation, yet he has learned that we must have good varieties to start with, and can recommend those that follow, as good as any under cultivation. In cutting Asparagus for our own table use, the stalks need not be more than four or five inches in length, then it is all fit for use. When cut for market it must be nine to ten inches long to make the bunches convenient for handling.
* Barr's M am moth
-- Another valuable acquisition to the asparagus family, a variety highly praised and well thought of wherever grown; larger and much more productive than Conover's; ripens a few days in advance of the Palmetto. Good for market or home use.
* Columbian Mammoth White
-- In addition to the marvelous advantage of its white color, the Columbian Mammoth White Asparagus is even more robust and vigorous in habit, and throws larger shoots and. fully as many of them as the Conover's Colossal. For those who like White Asparagus this is the one to plant. Good for all purposes.
* Conover's Colossal
-- There is no fruit or vegetable that has had a more uniform successful career than this old, popular standard variety of Asparagus. It has stood the test of time in different localities and varied climatic conditions as favorably as anything in the plant production that has been introduced for the last twenty-five years. Even yet many large growers use this variety almost exclusively. It is a reliable, adaptable sort, early; a good producer; of quick growth and superb in quality. Valuable for the home garden and for commercial purposes.
* Giant Argenteuil
-- The finest and most profitable of all Asparagus. Stalks of mammoth size, bright and attractive; in quality sweet and tender. It yields immensely and is very early; it is a French variety and has proved a great money maker wherever planted. A splendid market variety and also desirable for the home table.
-- This is the leading variety at the present day, more of it being planted than any other single sort. It is considerably larger than the Conover's, the old reliable standard variety for so many years, is fully as early and as productive, while the flavor is unsurpassed. This stands at the head of the list All things considered, probably more of it being in cultivation today than any other single sort. It seems to give general satisfaction wherever planted. I have heard nothing but words of commendation for the Palmetto from all sections and my own experience with it has been at all times favorable. The writer recommends it to all who contemplate planting either for market purposes or for the home garden.