When To Start Asparagus - Knowledgebase Question

Sanford, NC
Question by ellenforestr
January 13, 2000
I am an avid vegetable gardener but have never tried to grow asparagus. When do you start plants? Do I start with seed or crowns? I make my own soil with equal parts of chicken manure, goat manure and 30 year old sawdust. I add lime to that an it works great for nearly everything with no commercial fertilizer. Will this mixtrue be good for asparagus?


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Answer from NGA
January 13, 2000

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of the trench,
then plant the crowns. Cover them with a few inches of soil
mixed with organic matter and water well. As the plants
grow, continue adding layers of amended soil until the trench
is filled in. Be sure to keep the asparagus bed well weeded
and water regularly if needed during the summer. A mulch to keep down weeds is usually a good idea, too.

Generally it is a good idea to let the new plants grow and
become established for the first year, thus delaying any
harvest until the next year. When you do begin to harvest,
cut only those spears larger in diameter than a pencil.
Enjoy! of the trench,
then plant the crowns. Cover them with a few inches of soil
mixed with organic matter and water well. As the plants
grow, continue adding layers of amended soil until the trench
is filled in. Be sure to keep the asparagus bed well weeded
and water regularly if needed during the summer. A mulch to keep down weeds is usually a good idea, too.

Generally it is a good idea to let the new plants grow and
become established for the first year, thus delaying any
harvest until the next year. When you do begin to harvest,
cut only those spears larger in diameter than a pencil.
Enjoy!

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