As an herbalist, I grew most of my herbs.  We had a pair of rambunctious Dobermans who like to explore my garden (which included digging up a bed just to get at the cool ground beneath) so I made the decision early on to move my beds to the other side of our fence.  Kept the plants safe and  me happy.

Fast forward to 2015.  The beds are overgrown with weeds and a particularly nasty case of hawthorn tree invasion.  So, I’m salvaging what I can, one plant at a time.

I was looking over the Rosa Rugosa when I discovered that one of my asparagus plants had survived…and matured!  I cut the tallest stem and made a mental note of the plant location so that can move this plant after it’s done flowering for season.

Asparagus has a long history.  It was considered to be both an edible vegetable and as a medicinal plant by the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.  Asparagus is loaded with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nutrients.  It’s also considered to be a ‘nutritionally dense’ vegetable.

In addition, it also has diuretic properties, thanks to the amino acid asparagine.  This amino acid not only helps eliminate extra fluid from the body but also helps get rid of excess salts in the body.  This is especially helpful in cases of high blood pressure and heart disease.

I’ll be moving this gem to one of the vegetable beds.   With a bit of luck, and a whole lot of compost, this asparagus plant may just take over the entire garden bed!

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