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Question: how and when should asparagus be planted?

Answer: Asparagus is usually planted in early spring as bare root crowns. Asparagus lives for many years and has deep roots so the soil should be prepared well prior to planting. Select a spot in full sun all day long. Loosen the soil down about 18 inches and work in ample quantities of organic matter such as compost and/or well rotted stable manure/bedding. Dig a trench and plant the crowns about six inches deep. Cover with soil and water deeply to settle any air pockets. Mulch generously with organic mulch year round. Keep the bed weeded on a regular basis. Water as needed to keep the soil slightly moist like a wrung out sponge. Wait until the second year to harvest, and harvest lightly the first time. Enjoy!

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