asparagus

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  1. BjornBee

    BjornBee New Member

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    Anyone grow Asparagus?

    I have 50 plants coming. How do you plant beyond the general info in the books. I have old manure to make a trench like bedding. Do you plant them like preparing for rhubarb?

    Thank you.
     
  2. Hobie

    Hobie New Member

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    I have a small patch, and I think I just planted using the general book info. You are supposed to plant the crowns 6"-10" deep in a trench, cover with about 2" of soil, wait until they grow up through, and cover some more, slowly filling the trench. Personally, I would wait until the plants are up about 4" before adding another 2" of soil.

    Took a few years to establish, but it's worth the wait! Here's a hint for the future: To avoid having to cut the woody end off your harvest before eating, just snap the stalks off by hand. They will break above the woody part.

    Good basic article:
    http://www.motherearthnews.com/Organic- ... ragus.aspx

    I've also read that, after about 2 weeks of harvesting, if you choose 2-3 sturdy stalks from each plant and allow them to continue to grow, they will provide enough "solar energy" for the plant to produce new harvestable spears for about 2 weeks longer than otherwise.
     

  3. BjornBee

    BjornBee New Member

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    Thank you for the information Hobie.
    This will be my first time growing asparagus.
     
  4. Hobie

    Hobie New Member

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    You will love it! It is incredible how much better it tastes than the store-bought.

    I think I cheated and stole a serving's worth of spears the first year because I couldn't wait. Just don't take the first spears, or all from one plant. Just the strongest ones.
     
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    Ok, got the first 25 plants in. The second 25 will be down at the farm.

    I know I'll be stealing a few..... ;)
     
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    My first spears of the season came up this weekend!!!
     
  7. BjornBee

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    As I mentioned, I planted the crowns/plants on 25 April. Some of them are more than 6 inches high and I have already added more soil. Those things really grow.

    I've already selected (not picked yet) a few for "tasting"....;)
     
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    This is my 3rd year after I planted my "grass" and have been cutting off a handful every few days and I dont have 1/2 the plants your planting!!! It took patience but it was worth it. I had to sample one or 2 ea year also just to make sure they where growing right! ;)
    I used OLD OLD OLD manure to fill the trench up through the years. Kept the weeds pulled and burned every spring.
    We had "grass" grow on the ditchbanks in Western Colo every spring after the ditchdigger cleaned and burned the ditches.
    I have a gallon bag of "grass" that I am going to grill tonight w/ olive oil and seasonings over a hot grill!!!
    add some fresh grilled bass and watch someone drink a cold beer for me(I get to work tonight :( !) and you are living life right!!!! :mrgreen:
     
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    The "grass" is about to bloom and the bee's are buzzing all over it!!!