Making A Nursey Bed For Asparagus - Knowledgebase Question

Rochelle Park, NJ
Question by ralphieboy
February 21, 2001
I have grown somw asparagus from seeds and have them growing in small peat pots.I read on your site to plant them in a nursery bed.I have a box that is 2' x 2' and 9" deep.Would this be a good place to let them grow for a year?
What should the soil mixture consist of?I was thinking potting soil,sand and perlite.
Thanks,
Ralp


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Answer from NGA
February 21, 2001

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You may plant them in a nursery bed or you may plant them where they are to grow permanently. (It may be easier to keep a nursery bed weeded due to the smaller area.) I would suggest using the native soil along with ample amounts of compost (a six inch layer worked into about the top ten inches of soil would not be too much) and possibly a bit of sand if your soil is heavy. Loosening and working the compost into the soil will create a slightly raised bed and the roots will penetrate that easily. Asparagus plants grow huge root systems, so provide the seedlings with plenty of space. Also keep them well mulched all summer to help keep down weeds.

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