The Q&A Archives: Care Of Asparagus

Question: What is the care of asparagus?

Answer: Very generally, asparagus likes sandy loam soil in a sunny spot, and a weed-free bed. Amend soil with organic material such as compost or well rotted cow manure. Keep new asparagus plantings well watered in the spring. When plants are mature, they need less water but still don't enjoy being dry during hot spells. Asparagus is a heavy feeder, so in addition to adding organic material regularly, topdressing with bone meal (phosphorous) and greensand (potassium) is very beneficial. Asparagus prefers pH around 6.0-7.0. If you are unsure of your soil's pH, have it tested. Contact your local extension agent(303-244-1834) for details. Your extension agent can give you instructions specific to your soil test results. Pests of asparagus include the asparagus beetle and asparagus rust. If you have a problem with either please let us know and we'll try to lend a hand.

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