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Vancouver island
Jun 15, 2021 10:19 AM CST
Hi there,

I started some asparagus seedlings a bit late into the season but they are ready to get planted now. It's just so hard to decide where to keep them permanently?? I was thinking about putting them in a row in front of my corn, then they would be harvested in time for planting the corn seeds... but not sure about space etc? I've read they are good companions, but can't really find any good info for how to plant them together. Any ideas/advice on asparagus planting would be appreciated Smiling
Port d'Envaux, France (Zone 9a)
A Darwinian gardener
Jun 15, 2021 2:27 PM CST
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Port d'Envaux, France (Zone 9a)
A Darwinian gardener
Jun 15, 2021 2:30 PM CST
Asparagus are perennials that want a super well, deeply prepared and rich bed. My advice is that they should have their own permanent home undisturbed by trying to plant among them (and potentially damaging them). Also, you really need to let your seedlings establish for at least two or three, or from seed even four, years before harvesting (you want their roots to bulk up and provide you with good harvests in future).
If you mean to have the corn separate from the asparagus bed, but near it there is no competition to worry about...they too are heavy feeders, though I generally initially give corn a more nitrogen rich feed than the balanced feed I use for asparagus. Unlikely to be an issue.
Delicious and worth the wait. I too did some from seed three springs ago and would have allowed myself a spear here or there but for a freak late frost that bit them all! There's always next year.
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Jun 15, 2021 8:02 PM CST
Adding to what JB said - even once your seedlings are well established and you begin to harvest asparagus stalks (I believe the conventional advice, and what I follow, is to not pick anything smaller in diameter than a pencil), you will need to let the later growth from the plants grow up into tall fronds that will "feed" the roots so your patch will continue to produce. I would be more inclined to put them at the garden's edge and then plant your corn (or whatever else) in front of the row(s) of asparagus, and leave a minimum of 2 feet (3 would be better IMO) in between the asparagus and the next plants.

Asparagus is a great garden crop, we are in the middle of our harvesting season right now (it will end around mid July) and having all the asparagus we can eat always makes me feel like a millionaire Big Grin
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