The Q&A Archives: Optimal Asparagus in Dallas

Question: I want to plant asparagus in the spring. The soil here is mostly clay. I understand that asparagus needs well-drained loamy soil. What is that optimal type of asparagus to grow here and how do I make loamy soil? <br><br>

Answer: Actually, the best time for you to plant asparagus is in mid- to late winter. 'Jersey Giant' is the (relative) new kid on the block, and performs very well in many different climates - it was field-tested in Oklahoma, so I think you'll find it'll do well in your area. Improve your clay soil with liberal applications of compost and whatever other organic material you can find. You may need to spend a year getting the soil in shape before you plant, since asparagus will give good returns onyour efforts. It's important to improve drainage by grading soil or building raised beds. Areas of improved soil in the midst of clay may act as a moisture sink. National Gardening Magazine published an article on growing asparagus the easy way in Feb. '87 - give us your mailing address and we'll send you a copy!<br><br>

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