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Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 6:15 pm
how do i plant asp[aragus
Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 8:47 pm
Firstly - in a weed free bed that you keep weed free. Assuming you're planting first or second year plants, they need to have their roots spread out, usually on a ridge. I grow mine closer together than most recommend, but I am a big fan of close cropping. If you're a beginner gardener, I suggest you look up any of the known veg experts, or do a search on google or BBC, and follow their advice.
I have two substantial asparagus beds, in their fourth year, so have great hopes of a good crop soon. You have to exercise great restraint and cut nothing in year's one and two, very little in year three and hope for great things in year four, with more to follow.
They have a six week cropping season, followed by a period of fern growth, then nothing, then you cut them back and give a generous topping of an enriched mulch.
What I can say is - it's worth it. Nothing tastes finer than asparagus picked, cooked and served within 15 minutes. Georgeous!
Posted: Mon Apr 17, 2006 7:55 pm
Do I really have to leave my asparagus untouched for a second year? I've been watching my spears appear this week and looking forward to my first taste of homegrown asparagus. Can I take a small sample or must I restrain myself for another year?
Posted: Mon Apr 17, 2006 9:19 pm
When do you cut down the furns in the first and second years. I have grown mine from 1 year crowns and seeds.
Posted: Mon Apr 17, 2006 9:24 pm
You leave the ferns until late autumn, then top dress them generously.
As for cutting them in year 2 - I don't suppose the odd spear would do much harm, but they really need to establish themselves to be prolific and all the books say 3 years.
Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 1:25 am
It is not unknown to take a very small crop in the second year and I know that it is very tempting to take a crop but your rewards next year will be even greater if can resist the temptation.
Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 11:29 am
I used to have an asparagus bed, but it got invaided badly by bindweed, so I had to dig it up, and they didn't like that. Got a six dotted around the plot now, all self sown.
I like eating it raw, tasts like crunchy peas. Not to much gets home. Hope the wife dosn't read this.