Add to cart Asparagus $3.99 Asparagus is the earliest vegetable harvested fresh from the garden each spring. A productive bed of asparagus can last 15 years or longer, so choose your location carefully before planting. Asparagus likes sun and loose, well-drained soil that is rich in organic material. Enrich the soil with rotted leaves, compost, or manure. Water weekly if it doesn’t rain and don’t cut away any asparagus shoots the first year. Allow the foliage to grow yellow and die on its own.