Milk thistle is most commonly sought for its medicial properties of preventing and repairing liver damage. But most parts of the plants are also edible and tasty. Until recently, it was commonly cultivated in Eurpoean vegetable gardens. Leaves can be de-spined for use as salad greens or sautéed like collard greens; water-soaked stems prepared like asparugus; roots boiled or baked; flower pods used like artichoke heads.
Allow asparagus to grow without harvesting the year it is planted. In the second year, harvest spears that are 1/2-inch in diameter, but only for two weeks. Cut or break off 7- to 9-inch-long spears with tightly closed tips. In subsequent years, harvest for five to eight weeks, then allow the shoots to develop into ferny growth to build up the roots for the following year's crop.
The best and nature's way of looking after the gut is by feeding the 'good' gut bacteria with a special kind of food called prebiotics. Prebiotics can be found in the following foods: Asparagus, leeks, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, chicory root, banana wheat
How to grow asparagus in raised beds. Asparagus is a perennial vegetable plant that can be a long-lasting, permanent addition to a home garden. This vegetable requires well-draining soil to thrive; waterlogged soil can cause the roots of the asparagus plant to rot. Growing asparagus in raised beds offers them well-draining soil, as well as being a more convenient way to plant asparagus, since it does not require that you till the soil deeply with a rotary tiller.