Answer: Your asparagus crowns will probably pull through as long as they have been kept moist. Your soil is of more concern, because asparagus need a well-drained loam, preferably a sandy loam fortified with organic matter. If you are going to the trouble to dig an asparagus bed, it would be well worth your effort to amend the soil before you plant. Otherwise you will be unsatisfied with your crop, and it will be difficult to improve the soil later. Mix in some aged manure or compost to a depth of about 1 1/2 feet (your asparagus crowns will be set 1 foot deep). The more fertile the soil over the crowns, the better your harvest.
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