Asparagus

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Asparagus

Postby Westi » Sun Oct 02, 2016 6:53 pm

I want to build another asparagus bed, but where I want to site it has my chillies and aubergines, so another few weeks until they are over, then I need to move the structure and dig out any weeds and stuff.

Asparagus crowns are available now & I worry that when the bed is ready they won't be. Should I buy them now while they are available and if I do how do I keep them alive & viable for planting? Or do I wait?

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Re: Asparagus

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Sun Oct 02, 2016 6:59 pm

Where are you planning on buying them from Westi, why not order them now and ask them not to deliver them until the end of the month. It should still be suitable to plant them where you are.
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Re: Asparagus

Postby Primrose » Sun Oct 02, 2016 7:30 pm

Or if you have some large pots or big empty supermarket punnets store them individually in them covered and bottomed with a little damp compost to prevent them drying out and store them in a shady place. . I'm sure the crowns won't be very active at this time of year.
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Re: Asparagus

Postby snooky » Sun Oct 02, 2016 9:50 pm

Evening Westi,
I ordered my Asparagus from this company a few years ago-http://www.agradeasparagus.co.uk/-and they recommend that March and April are the best time to plant out as the soil is starting to warm up,so there shouldn't be any harm in waitng.
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Re: Asparagus

Postby Westi » Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:36 pm

That's interesting Snooky, but makes sense instead of just sitting there doing nothing. I'll check that website as well, might have more varieties & keener prices.

I thought of just popping them in pots as well Primrose, but the ones I have now were quite established with really long roots, when we got them, so it would have to be big trugs and as I want about 20, not really practical, so will pursue Snooky's website.

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