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How to Grow Asparagus, Pt. 2

We did look at how to go about planting asparagus last month, but wanted to add a little more detail.

Digging the furrows.

Digging the furrows.

If you buy crowns, they will be ‘dormant’ when they arrive. This means they are basically asleep. The first time we got some we thought they were dead. As a doornail.

We also learned some interesting additional details from our favorite seed catalog printed by Johnny’s Select Seeds. They gave me permission to reprint their info, as long as I give them credit. They are so nice!

Placing the crowns.

Placing the crowns.

Anyway, here’s some of what they have to say that wasn’t mentioned before:

  • Plant 8-14″ apart, closer spacing will cause more slender spears.
  • Use caution when cultivating any weeds. If you damage the crowns they become more susceptible to disease.
  • Irrigate regularly during the growing season.
  • Apply hay, straw or leaf mulch when the weather gets hot, to help control weeds and retain moisture.
  • Asparagus is a heavy feeder. Apply compost or aged manure both in the spring and again in the fall.
  • You can store your spears upright at 36 degrees F and 95-100% humidity for up two weeks.
  • With the proper care, an asparagus bed can thrive for 15 years or more.

So now there you go, you have all the info you need to grow some awesome asparagus.

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How to Grow -Asparagus

asparagus fronds

asparagus fronds the first season

One of the first vegetables to be harvested in the spring, and if you like it as much as we do- well worth the wait.

Asparagus takes 2 years for the first small harvest, but will give you many good meals for a long time afterwards.
You can start from seed, indoors 3 months before planting outside; or save some time and purchase 1 year old crowns.

Be sure of the area you choose, you’ll be stuck with it for a while.

Asparagus loves a healthy rich composted soil and good sun.
Plant crowns in a rut, or furrow, 8 inches deep and 12 inches apart.
If you are limited on space you can make a shorter, slightly wider bed and plant them zig-zag about 8 inches apart.
Bring the soil up as the plants grow until you have a level surface.

Then just let ‘em rip.

asparagus at year two

asparagus at year two

Remember to water, feed and weed as needed; even, and especially, those first few years.
Many an Asparagus bed has been planted, only to be forgotten about.

No need to cut the beautiful fronds until they start to turn brown.

Harvest Asparagus at ground level by cutting or snapping.
For better yields, plant all male varieties such as Jersey Knight and Jersey Supreme. Male plants don’t need to take time to produce seeds.

asparagus fronds and berries

asparagus fronds and berries

Botanical name: Asparagus officinalis
Yield: You’ll want about 10 crowns per asparagus loving person, more if you plan to store them.
Store: Asparagus can be pressure canned, frozen or dried.

Mandolin’s favorite way to enjoy them is to sear them in a hot, lightly oiled pan and sprinkle a little dill on top. Mmmm….a taste of spring.

How to Grow Asparagus, Part 2.
Asparagus in containers

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