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Brigham City, UT (Zone 5b)
May 18, 2017 6:05 PM CST
|In 2015 I planted 10 large crowns of asparagus. I let them grow and did not pick that year or in 2016.
Now, in their third year, only a few decent spears came up. Most are teensy weensie.
Some died I think.
Now, I'm letting them all grow.
I am despairing that there will ever be a decent crop.
I've done what I'm supposed to do;
Properly planted at right depth and space
Lots of sun
Let them grow 1st 2 years
Said prayers over them
I live in zone 5 or 6 in northern Utah and the soil is mineral with rocks and sand, well drained, added good compost.
Maybe I have to pour on tons of fertilizer?
Thanks in advance,
May 18, 2017 9:35 PM CST
|Hi Alan -- I don't think you need to "pour on tons of fertilizer," but maybe some would help
I've only ever used compost and a sprinkling of triple-10 on my asparagus patch. Are you letting the stalks grow up into the ferny things ? Do you have any insect problems, such as asparagus beetles? If you are starting to get some decent stalks this year, I suspect that your patch will be growing great by next year; that does seem a bit delayed, but sometimes it just is what it is.
Here's what I do with my asparagus: in the spring I give it a thorough weeding, and keep weeding as long as I can get into the patch. (which is more or less three 10-foot rows of plants) Pick the stalks as they grow, but I don't pick anything smaller in diameter than a pencil. I usually start picking around mid May (just picked my first bunch tonight, in fact) and in early July I stop harvesting even though some stalks are large enough to pick. Then I kind of corral all the plants so they don't fall on top of the rest of my garden, and pretty much ignore them until fall, unless I see evidence of asparagus beetles; in that case, the sooner the better I hit them with a little all-purpose garden dust. In late fall I cut all the stalks down to the ground and burn them, and then weed and add a layer of compost. And repeat.
So, pick the nice stalks this year and enjoy them, give your patch a little fertilizer, and I think next year you will have a good harvest. Hard to be patient, but definitely worthwhile!
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