The Q&A Archives: Plant ing Asparagus

Question: Is it best to leave the buds on top of the soil when you plant?

Answer: Plant asparagus in rows, 4' between them. Dig trenches about 15 inches deep. Add a layer of well-rotted manure or compost in the bottom of the ditch. Add back some of the soil you removed, mixing it in with the bone meal. Form a little mound along the length of the trench. Set out the crowns on the top of this mound, spreading the roots carefully and spacing about 2 feet apart. Bury the roots with about 6 inches of soil, packing it gently around the crowns. Gently water the newly-planted crowns.

As the shoots emerge, keep adding more soil around them, until the trenches are filled to ground level. Ten plants per person is the usual recommendation.

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