Asparagus Bed - Knowledgebase Question

Swansea, MA
Question by gweyla
January 15, 1998
Is it possible or a good idea to grow asparagus in a
raised bed?


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Answer from NGA
January 15, 1998

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I would think a raised bed should work just fine with asparagus. Just follow all the planting directions...in your raised bed!

Very generally, keep your asparagus bed free from weeds and full of soil that is enhanced with organic material such ascompost 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 big eater so in addition to adding organic material regularly, topdressing with bone meal (phosphorous) and wood ash (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 for details. UMass Extension Service- (413)545-4800. Their web site is: umass.edu/umest/) If your pH is more acid than the preferred range above you can add in a bit of lime. Once again, your extension agent can give you instructions specific to your soil test results.
Asparagus likes sandy loam soil in a sunny spot. Pests of asparagus include the asparagus beatle 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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