The Best Soil For Growing Asparagus Plants
This vegetable should ideally be grown in full sun, but it can grow in
partial sun as well. There should be a lot of organic matter in the
soil. Add some good compost if necessary.
The PH that is recommended for growing asparagus is between 6.5 and 7.
You will grow this vegetable from asparagus crowns. A crown is nothing
more than established asparagus roots grouping with top growth
that is dormant. You will find asparagus roots at nearly any nursery as
well as most online catalogs.
Depending on where you live, you'll be planting the crowns in the
earlier part of spring. Don't plant asparagus roots until the
in the soil has gone to about fifty degrees Fahrenheit.
How To Plant Asparagus
You can buy asparagus roots in the spring ant plant them into your prepared beds. You can also choose to grow them from seed but it will take a year longer before you can harvest.
To get started in planting asparagus, you will want to soak the roots in
compost tea. This is a very good means to prep them for planting.
Make a furrow in the ground that is shaped like a V. It will require
more than one if you're planting a larger number of asparagus roots.
Into the bottom of each of the furrows, drop a few ashes from burned wood, and some compost or some manure.
Cover the roots with good garden soil but don't fill the drench up fully yet. Water the roots in well.
As the shoots start to grow on your crowns, fill in the furrow they are
growing in. Be careful not to cover the leafy parts. The roots will
spread on their own, and trying to spread them may result in damage, so
just leave them alone.
When your bed is new, water it about twice a week.
Once it's gotten some growth, you can leave it and it will essentially self water.
Keep the weeds at bay or they will choke out the new plants. Growing
asparagus can be a bit touchy, but it's well worth your time. Once you
all your furrow filled in, cover with straw mulch.
Photo: Flatbush Gardener
Fertilizing And Harvesting
In the fall you will want to feed with an organic fertilizer and also top your entire bed with a layer of mulch.
The first year it's best to not harvest. They need that time to get more
growth, to be stronger and able to produce
more crop for you. The second year, you can actually use some of the
crop and the third you will be able to harvest all that you could want
the spears are no longer worth using.
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